Iraq holds funeral for Yazidi mass grave victims of IS

After Iraqi authorities declared victory over the jihadists in 2017, scores of mass graves were discovered across the country, including in the Sinjar town of Kojo.

he mass graves in Iraq where jihadists are believed to have dumped their victims contain up to 12,000 bodies, according to the UN.

Some 5,000 other bodies are thought to be in mass graves in neighbouring Syria.

On Thursday, drums rolled and traditional flutes played as Iraqi soldiers carried 41 wooden coffins. Incense wafted in the air as a funeral cortege made its way to a cemetery in northern Iraq for the burial of 41 Yazidis killed by jihadists and recovered from mass graves.

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Joie Cooper

May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short. Coffee connoisseur. Part time writer, writes about politics in middle east and anything interesting