Middle East

Iraq crisis: Refugee journeys from Mount Sinjar

Pictures from a BBC reporting trip from northern Iraq into Syria, as Iraqi refugees fled Mount Sinjar after days of fighting.

Refugees from Sinjar who were taken to the Newroz camp in Derik city, an area in north eastern Syria under Kurdish control, on 15 August 2014

After struggling to survive in the Sinjar mountains for five days without water and food, these refugees were taken by Kurdish fighters to Newroz camp in Derik city, in an area of north-eastern Syria under Kurdish control.

Khidier Shamo, a 65-year-old Yazidi refugee, on 15 August 2014

"Hundreds of people were killed and beheaded by IS fighters and hundreds of women have been taken by them. We are dying - the Yazidi minority has seen genocide," said 65-year-old refugee Khidier Shamo.

Two families found by Kurdish forces in the mountains two hours before this photo was taken, on 15 August 2014

Two sisters and their families were found by Kurdish forces in the mountains, two hours before this photo was taken. One sister had jumped from a truck because she was thirsty and desperate for water, spraining her ankle.

Left: A refugee, one of two sisters found with their families by Kurdish forces in the mountains, holds a child, 15 August 2014. Right: Farman Jendi, a 65-year-old refugee on 15 August 2014

One sister said: "All of my family walked 12km in the mountains, my children are dehydrated and got diarrhoea. We lost a lot of relatives." Meanwhile, Farman Jendi (right), a 65-year-old refugee, said it was "a religious war; it's not a political or an economic war".

Amina Kalo, an 18-year-old from Sinjar mountain, on 15 August 2014

"We will never convert to Islam as IS want, we prefer to die," said 18-year-old Amina Kalo from Sinjar.

Yazidi refugees leaving Mount Sinjar, on 15 August 2014

Refugees travelled from the Sinjar mountain via a safe corridor, by truck. Only large trucks can cross the bumpy roads leaving the mountains.

Photographs by Jewan Abdi (Twitter: @abdijewan)

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