When ISIS captured the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq two years ago, thousands of people from the Yazidi community were trapped, including some 25,000 children. Thousands of men were killed as they tried to flee, and hundreds of women and girls were abducted by ISIS and kept as sex slaves.
Last year, Unicef began a photography workshop for 25 young Yazidi women who were affected by the massacre. These images, which were shared by Unicef, were taken by the young women who live in a displacement camp near the city of Dohuk in northern Iraq, to show how their community is coping in the aftermath of the killings.
All of them were allowed to keep their cameras.
From left: Photographers Manal Barakat Elias, Khawla Shamo Hassan, and Samia Jinda Khudeda pose outside historical buildings during a group exhibition at the Erbil Citadel, northern Iraq, in July 2016.
Safiya Soleyman, 14, took portraits of Yazidi children living in her camp in Dohuk.
Left: A portrait of Bafrin Khodeyda Ahmad's mother. "It was so hard to take such a photo..." Bafrin said. "When she started crying I also cried." Right: Portrait of a Yazidi elder living in Khanke Displacement Camp.
Matt Tucker is the UK Picture Editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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