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Only the low and lonely Sinjar Mountain gives topographic relief to the upper end of the Mesopotamian plains of northwestern Iraq. Its narrow ridge struggles to pierce the Syrian border. The mountain's history is as radical as itself, and has been home to Yezidian people for centuries. Today the Yezidis are still there, but the world has changed. In the 1980s Saddam Hussein sought to lessen the threats of his regime's enemies (real or perceived) through ethnic dilution. He moved Muslim Kurds and Arabs into the region, while at the same time forcably moving the Yezidis from their villages to collective villages on the plains below. The Yezidis were continually adapting to the fluid forces of politics, war, and persecution in the intervening years, but that came to a brutal end with the self-proclaimed Islamic State's horrific attack in August 2014.

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Faqir Sabri & Faqir Kemal - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Girl and Brothers - village of Rambusî, Sinjar, northern Iraq (2012)Faqir Khider - near Karsi, Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Yezidi New Year Gathering at home of Faqir Khider - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Yezidi Shrine - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2009)Sheikh Nawaf son of Sheikh Murad - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Yusef and Sheikh Faqir Murad - Sinjar, northern Iraq (2009)Sheikh Mijo Sedo Uso - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Pir Mahalo with Son - Sinjar, northern Iraq (2009)Yusef with Some of his Children - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2009)Romî Shrine - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Mejewer (Keeper) at  Sheikh Ali Shemsa Shrine - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Piçuk Lalish Shrine - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Sheikh Bashok - near Karsî, Mount Sinjar, northern Iraq (2012)Three Generations at Home - Rambusî, Sinjar, northern Iraq (2012)Daî Khonov wearing new Shaliq - Girezir, Sinjar, northern Iraq (2012)Bobir at Sheikh Adi Temple - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)Faqir Kemal at Home - Sinjar Region, northern IraqAt the tawa'af - Sinjar Mountain, northern Iraq (2012)Sheikh Gharbi and Sheikh Afan Handling Snake - Sinjar Region, northern Iraq (2012)

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Iraq
Keywords:, Leutheuser, Ezidi, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurds, Rob Leutheuser, Robert Leutheuser, Shingal, Sinjar, Sinjar Mountain, Yezidi.