March 30, 2016
The KRG Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs announced that 25 mass graves in Shingal have been discovered since its liberation from ISIS and its believed to contain remains of 1000 Shingal residents from Yazidi community.
Mahmood Haji Salih told media during press conference Tuesday that they are seeking international support for excavating the mass graves.
Four experts from the Iraq Program of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) began a four-day crash course Monday, training Kurdish investigators on everything from unearthing mass graves to protecting and preparing evidence for international presentation.
Some 30 Kurds are receiving instruction on skills that will bolster the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) case of having the world recognize that what the Islamic State did in the Yezidi town of Shingal in August 2014 should be universally recognized as genocide.
ISIS, which is comprised of jihadi fighters and former soldiers and officers of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s crushed military, stormed into the Yezidi Kurdish town of Shingal in northern Iraq in August 2014.
The terrorist group carried out some of its worst atrocities against the Yezidis, whose religious beliefs it regards as heretical, unleashing a campaign of massacre, looting and rape in Shingal. Thousands of women and girls were kidnapped and sold in ISIS markets as sex slaves, many of them still missing.