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Saved by his family from an ISIS death squad

This man used to work as an Iraqi border guard when ISIS fighters unexpectedly crossed over from Syria in summer 2014. They destroyed the border installations and filmed their triumphant, sabre wielding militants with turbans in the style of medieval Muslim conquerors. It was to be a symbol of victory…

Being welcomed back into the Yazidi community after ISIS abuse

In summer 2014 this Yazidi women was surprised when ISIS came into her village in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq. All men were driven away in trucks, never to be seen again. Later they found out that they had been shot. The women under 45 were taken away and…

The survivor of an ISIS massacre reunited with his mother in a refugee shelter

When ISIS overran his village in the summer of 2014, this man was packed on a truck with the other local men, driven out of town and shot. According to him, everyone around him died, including his brother. But he was only injured. He feigned death, and after the ISIS…