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Iraq govt approves plans for Yezidi genocide museum

The government of Iraq has approved a proposal by Yezidi activists to convert a village school in to a museum commemorating the genocide of Yezidis by ISIS.

In 2014 ISIS launched an attack on Shingal, Kurdistan and its surrounding areas, kidnapping more than 6500 Yezidis.

1202 residents of Kocho, a village near Shingal, were gathered in the village school. 395 were shot and buried in 22 mass graves. 600 residents of the village remain missing. Many of the women are believed to have been sold into sexual slavery.

The Iraqi government approved the proposal to convert that school into a genocide museum and allocated a budget for the proposal.

Artists in Duhok and Erbil have been invited to design a statue portraying the genocide.