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Yazidi fighters walk across an arid mountainside in the Sinjar mountains. Around 1,000 Yazidi men who used to be teachers, civil servants and other professions have become fighters since August 2014 when Islamic State (IS) fighters attached Yazidi towns and villages. They are now based in a camp in the mountains. <br />
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Thousands of Yazidis fled to the mountains when Islamic State (IS) fighters attacked towns and villages around Sinjar in August 2014. Since then Yazidi refugees have been living in precarious conditions with no electricity or running water and children haven't been attending school. Support from the international community has been insufficient and people are dying of hunger and disease. Until December 2014 the mountains were surrounded by IS. Now the southern part of the mountains is still under IS control.