Murad points to a list of missing and killed Yazidis that are part of the detailed catalogue of evidence he is collecting on Daesh crimes against the community.
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The walls and even the windows of Bahzad Farhan Murad's office are covered with lists. They name the thousands of people who were killed or are still missing after Daesh (ISIS) launched an attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq nearly two years ago. The 28-year-old Yazidi has been documenting crimes against his community ever since the August 2014 attack. He is collecting data on as many victims as he can, gathering information on the men who were executed in groups, the women who were captured and forced into sexual slavery, the children who were indoctrinated in extremist training camps. According to the United Nations, about 5,000 Yazidi men were killed by Daesh militants when they took control of Iraq's northwest two years ago and thousands more, mostly women and children, were taken into captivity. Most of the population – some 400,000 Yazidis – were displaced from their homes.Various other Iraqi organizations are also working to document the massacres and disappearances, and Iraq's Kurdish regional government has exhumed some of the mass graves in which dozens of murdered Yazidi men are buried.
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