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Feature - The Damned of the Mountain
Moises Saman
Magnum photographer Moises Saman first travelled to Iraq’s Sinjar district, in 2014, to document the plight of the region’s Yazidis as part of an assignment for TIME. As the Islamic State (IS) closed in on the town of Sinjar, long a hub for the Yazidi minority in the region, its inhabitants were faced with a choice between subjugation – and likely execution – and flight.
Many of those who fled took to the nearby mountains, and specifically to Mount Sinjar, a holy site for the Yazidi sect, and more prosaically a geographical feature that offered some short-lived degree of safety. Marooned on the...

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IRAQ. Mount Sinjar. March 4, 2018. A cemetry and memorial for...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. November 16, 2015. Raid Shamun, 35, a Christian...
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IRAQ. Kurdistan. November 28, 2014. A Yazidi woman combs her...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. March 3, 2018.

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IRAQ. Sinjar. March 4, 2018. More than two years after the liberation...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. November 16, 2015. The body of a would-be Islamic...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. November 18, 2015. A pick-up truck carrying Yezidi...
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IRAQ. Sinjar Mountains. August 12, 2014. Yazidi women stranded...
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IRAQ. Fishkhabur. August 10, 2014. A displaced Yazidi man carries...
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IRAQ. Fishkhabur. August 11, 2014.
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IRAQ. Sinjar. March 3, 2018. Yezidi men stand near the site of...
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IRAQ. Serdashti Camp, Mount Sinjar. March 5, 2018. 8-year-old...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. March 3, 2018. The rubble of a mosque in Sinjar....
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IRAQ. Sinjar Mountains. 2014. A boy whose mother was onboard...
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IRAQ. Sinjar Mountains. August 12, 2014. Digital 'contact sheet'....
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IRAQ. Sinjar Mountains. 2014. Injured survivors of an Iraqi Air...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. November 18, 2015. The abandoned home of an alleged...
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IRAQ. Fishkhabur. August 11. 2014.
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IRAQ. Mount Sinjar. July 28, 2016. A memorial located at the...
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IRAQ. Sinjar. November 15, 2015. A no mans land in the western...
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SYRIA. Derek. August 10, 2014.
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