Sakharov Prize 2016: the plight of Yazidis at the hands of Islamic State 


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Parliament has awarded this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar.

Since escaping sexual enslavement by Islamic State, the two  Iraqi Yazidis have become human rights campaigners. Yazidis have been subject to a genocidal campaign by Islamic State since 2014 with thousands killed or enslaved. Learn more about the plight of Iraq’s Yazidis through the lenses of Iranian photographer Alfred Yaghobzadeh. 

They lost their children, some were forced to join the army or had to flee Islamic State slavery. Check the photos above and read the stories of Iraq’s Yazidis. Two of them, Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, receive Parliament's Sakharov Prize for human rights at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 13 December.

About the photgrapher

Alfred Yaghobzadeh is an Iranian photographer of Armenian-Assyrian descent. His assignments have taken him across the world, reporting on breaking news and major conflicts in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He has received several awards for his work, including the World Press Photo Prize, the American Overseas Press Club Prize and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism.

Click here to learn more about Parliament’s Sahkarov Prize.