Survival on Sinjar mountain

A Kurdish fighter prepares to descend Mount Sinjar to Sinjar City (in the background) where the battle against IS is ongoing.
A Kurdish fighter prepares to descend Mount Sinjar into the battle raging below (Tom Robinson/IRIN)

Bapir Hassan Saed owned 100 sheep before the so-called Islamic State took control of his village in northwestern Iraq in August last year, killing one of his sons and forcing him to take flight.

More than a year since he and 50,000 other Yazidis scaled Mount Sinjar with IS militants on their heels, Saed is among 8,750 of the Kurdish religious minority left on the arid mountain range. He has just four sheep now, which provide his large family with milk, yoghurt and wool.

“It’s hard to keep the family going, but we’re forced to stay here,” the father of 10 told IRIN.

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