Iraqi Yazidis visit their temple during a ceremony on January 12, 2018, in the town of Bashiqa, some 20 kilometres north east of Mosul. / AFP / Ahmad MUWAFAQ
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Northern Iraq's Yazidi community that suffered terribly under Daesh (ISIS) persecution celebrated Friday as it inaugurated a restored temple to the sound of traditional drums and flutes.The temple at Bashiqa was one of 68 Yazidi temples destroyed by Daesh, officials said -- and one of the last of 23 in the region to be restored.The Yazidi community in Iraq comprised some 550,000 people before it was scattered by the Daesh offensive.Of 6,417 Yazidis reported kidnapped by the militants, just 3,207 have been rescued or managed to escape their captors.It also said that to date 47 mass graves of Yazidis massacred by Daesh have been discovered.
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