Plight of Iraq's Yazidis

The Islamic State captures Sinjar, prompting thousands from the Yazidi ethnic minority to flee for surrounding mountains.

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, arrive at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Smoke rises during clashes between Kurdish "peshmerga" troops and militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced demonstrators from the minority Yazidi sect gather during a protest against militants of the Islamic State in ArbiL � Azad Lashkari / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, arrive at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, arrive at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence, walk on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard during an intensive security deployment on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced demonstrators from the minority Yazidi sect gather during a protest against militants of the Islamic State in ArbiL � Azad Lashkari / Reuters

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • A member of the Kurdish "peshmerga" troops prays during an intensive security deployment on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence, walk on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters

  • Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, arrive at Dohuk province � STRINGER Iraq / Reuters