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Iraq: Buying Yazidi Slaves to Set Them Free

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The horrors suffered by ethnic Yazidis last summer at the hands of Islamic State fighters are widely...

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Yazidi women in silhouette. BBC.

Months after ISIS captured large swaths of territory across northern Iraq, extraordinary acts of bravery are talking place as Yazidi slaves are bought back thanks to funding from the Kurdish Regional Government.

The Yazidis, an ancient religious minority, are considered as sub-human according to ISIS doctrine and thousands have been killed, raped, and enslaved. Pulitzer Center grantee Emily Feldman, who has followed the story from the beginning, has been to Kurdish Iraq to investigate.

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