Iraq begins exhuming mass grave in Sinjar region
In this Friday, March 15, 2019 picture, workers start the exhumation process of the a mass grave in Iraq's northwestern region of Sinjar. The Iraqi government with U.N. support has started the exhumation process of the mass graves in Iraq's northwestern region of Sinjar. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 16, 2019 4:13PM EDT
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government has started exhuming a mass grave left behind by the Islamic State group in the northwestern Sinjar region.
The exhumation, which is being carried out with U.N. support, began Saturday in the village of Kocho.
IS militants rampaged across Sinjar in 2014, killing Yazidi men and abducting thousands of women and children. Many followers of the minority faith are still missing, after women were forced into sexual slavery and boys were indoctrinated in jihadi ideology.
Over 70 mass graves have been discovered in Sinjar since it was liberated from ISIS in November 2015.
Nadia Murad, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is originally from Kocho, is taking part in the exhumation.