Emerging Photography Contender: Christian Werner

German-based photographer Christian Werner documents the devastating present and uncertain future of the Yazidis in Iraq and neighboring regions, forced by ISIS to convert to Islam, leave their homes, or be killed. 

Writes Werner in his Artist Statement, “In August 2014, Yazidis were targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in its campaign to ‘purify’ Iraq and neighboring countries of non-Islamic influences, causing 30,000–50,000 Yazidis to flee into the mountains. Thousands of men and boys were shot and beheaded, women abducted and sold at auction as sex slaves. In extremely adverse circumstances, thousands of Yazidis managed to flee towards the Sinjar Mountains, where they remained trapped for four months, until Kurdish Peshmerga managed to open a land corridor, breaking the siege.”

All images © Christian Werner

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