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“I Thought We Would Die on That Mountain.”

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Under attack by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, tens of thousands of Yezidis fled their homes throughout the Sinjar area; many sought protection on the steep upper slopes of neighboring Mount Sinjar on August 3, 2014.

In the photos above, Goze, an 85-year-old Yezidi refugee, and her son Darwesh make it to a refugee camp in Kurdish-controlled Rojava, Syria, where they reunite with their family after being trapped on Mount Sinjar for eight days.

“I thought we would die on that mountain," said Darwesh, "then we heard [Kurdish fighters] had cleared a corridor leading into Rojava, so we thought it was better to try. We thought that would be a better death. Now we have life after death.”