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    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    • Celebration of Hope: Yazidi New Year in Iraq
    © AFP 2021 / Christophe Simon
    Iraqi Yazidis light candles and paraffin torches outside the 4,000-year-old Lalish temple in northern Iraq on April 18, 2017, during a ceremony to celebrate the coming New Year.

    Still haunted by war and suffering, Iraq’s Yazidis still manage to find some place for light in their hearts. The minority gathered in the holy town of Lalish on Tuesday for celebrations ahead of their New Year.

    The Yazidis are an independent religious community concentrated mostly in northern Iraq. Thousands of Yazidis were killed and up to 7,000 women were enslaved by Daesh militants after they took over the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq in August 2014 before it was liberated in December 2015.

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