A middle-aged man passes a 12-year-old on the street. He stops her, tells her she’s beautiful and says he wants to make her his wife. The girl lowers her eyes in deference but shakes her head “no.” The man persists, following her home. Her father, who looks roughly the same age as this mystery man, readily accepts the proposal. The girl respects the decision. A year later, her new husband returns to the home of the girl’s parents to tell them she has just died giving birth to their first child.
LALISH, Iraq — One year ago, ISIS militants turned their savagery on the Yazidis, a religious minority that has lived and worshiped in the mountains of northern Iraq since at least the 12th century. The radicals, on a rampage through the region, stormed Yazidi villages executing and abducting thousands, in what was described as an attempted genocide.
Before the world fully grasped what was happening, the bodies of local men were dumped in mass graves while their wives and daughters were sold into sexual slavery.
By Hugh Eakin and Alisa Roth
SBEITLA, Tunisia — At gate to the mosque in Hayy Sourour in Sbeitla, deep in Tunisia’s arid interior region of Kasserine, the main door is missing. Two of the three green doors remain under a simple sign identifying the place of worship. Mosque Ibn Taymiyya is named after the 13th century sheikh known for setting the precedent of takfir, or declaring other Muslims infidels and requiring warfare against them.