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Memories of the Yazidis, an ethno-religious minority who fled their homeland in the Sinjar Mountains in northwest Iraq following an invasion by the Islamic State in August 2014, have been preserved in a newly published photo collection.

A toy, a shoe and a spoon — all of which were abandoned along the escape routes — “showed me that the Yazidis had led just an ordinary life as we do,” said Noriko Hayashi, the Tokyo-based photojournalist behind the work.

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