Masters of Advanced Journalism student at UTS. Areas of interest include religion, spirituality and cultural diversity.
In 2014, a centuries-old religious community in northern Iraq was torn apart when terrorist group ISIS unleashed a brutal genocidal campaign.
In a matter of days, around 3000 Yazidis were killed and 6000 were kidnapped. ISIS not only trafficked women and girls as sex slaves, but also forced Yazidi boys to undertake terrorist training.
Yazidis are now scattered across the world in countries including Australia, where the Abbott Government provided 12,000 resettlement visas to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Today, over 300 Yazidis are rebuilding their lives in the regional NSW town of Wagga Wagga.
Yet, as they settle into Australian life, they worry about their family members stuck in refugee camps, they grieve those lost in the 2014 massacre, and they wonder what happened to those who have never been found.
Four years on from the Sinjar massacre, they are still waiting for justice. - Michelle Gallace