On August 2, 2014, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters captured the city and region of Sinjar, which was mostly inhabited by Yazidis. Civilians were told to convert to Islam immediately or be killed. Thousands of men were killed and Women, children sold as sex slaves by Islamic State (ISIS).
Tens of thousands of other Yazidis fled into the Sinjar Mountains, where an unknown number perished from lack of food and drink. a total of 450,000 Yazidis in Iraq have become internally displaced and are now living in Iraqi refugee camps.