The U.N. accuses Daesh of trying to erase Yazidi identity.
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When Daesh (ISIS) militants started shooting, Mushin closed his eyes. It was August 2014 and he was standing next to his father and brothers. They were lined up with more than 80 other Yazidis from Kani, a village in northern Iraq. That same day, another of Mushin's brothers, Ismail Maajo, crossed the border into Turkey, fleeing Daesh's advance across his homeland. News quickly reached him of the attack on the village.As the militants overran the town of Sinjar, home of the ancient Yazidi community, they systematically killed, captured or enslaved thousands of Yazidi men, women and children.Of the 36 members of Maajo's extended family, 31 were captured or killed by the militants.The extent of the Sinjar massacre is still unclear, and Yazidi campaigners are undertaking the grim task of documenting mass graves in an effort to piece together an accurate record of the atrocities.In some villages around Sinjar the killing was systematic.This was the case in Hardan, northeast of Sinjar, a village of some 2,000 Yazidis. As Daesh advanced, elderly residents from Gumez, a nearby Sunni Arab village, went to Hardan and advised the men to drop their weapons.
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