Our bodies of the victims had been exhumed from mass graves final 12 months and all had been recognized earlier than the burial on Saturday.
Greater than 100 members of the Yazidi minority massacred by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group six years in the past had been laid to relaxation at a mass funeral in a northern Iraqi village.
Troopers might be seen carrying coffins to the burial floor in Kocho, in Sinjar province, on Saturday as crowds gathered to mourn the lifeless.
The our bodies had been exhumed from mass graves final 12 months in an operation coordinated by the United Nations earlier than being despatched to the capital Baghdad for identification.
Iraq’s Martyrs’ Basis has been overseeing the method and recognized the 104 victims utilizing DNA samples taken from their family members.
The federal government company has thus far exhumed 16 mass graves of a complete of 73 suspected websites.
One relative of a Yazidi who was killed, attending the funeral in Kocho, mentioned a few of the victims is not going to be discovered. “A few of these bones don’t exist any extra as a result of floods swept them away,” mentioned Obeid Khalaf.
William Warda, founding father of Hammurabi, an organisation that works to enhance minority rights in Iraq, advised Al Jazeera Yazidis are nonetheless afraid to return house to Sinjar.
“The technique of the federal government is to shut the [refugee] camps and encourage folks to return to their homeland,” mentioned Warda.
“However nonetheless the state of affairs, particularly in Sinjar, is important and there’s no belief to the safety state of affairs. As NGOs, we encourage folks to return by programmes.”
ISIL dominated over components of northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017. The armed group didn’t tolerate different faiths and tried to exterminate the Yazidis, a non secular minority with beliefs that distinguish them from Muslim and Christian worshippers within the area.
They destroyed villages and spiritual websites, lined males up and shot them earlier than kidnapping hundreds of ladies and youngsters, buying and selling them in modern-day slavery.
Many kids who had been raised below ISIL and indoctrinated within the group’s ideology are believed to nonetheless be dwelling in camps in Syria.
A whole lot of hundreds of Yazidis reside in displacement whereas management and administration of the Sinjar area stay disputed amongst Iraqi politicians.
Sinjar, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province and close to the border with Syria, stays largely empty.
The United Nations has referred to as the assaults on the Yazidi group in Iraq act of genocide in opposition to the minority group.