Thousands of men from the colourful but besieged Yazidi minority in Iraq were murdered in cold blood in scenes reminiscent of the Bosnian Srebrenica massacre when Islamic State jihadists swept through in August, according to new assessments by relatives and researchers.
Across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, refugee camps, building sites and a sprinkling of Yazidi villages hold tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees who fled the advance of Isil in scenes of biblical exodus across Mount Sinjar in August.
But tens of thousands more were trapped behind the Isil lines.
Researchers adding together accounts of massacres in Yazidi villages as the jihadists attacked have counted a series of killings of more than 100 men each, with the total gunned down now thought to be up to 5,000.
An estimated 5-7,000 women are also being held in makeshift detention centres, where they are being taken away and either sold into servitude or handed to jihadists as concubines. The town of Tal Afar alone is thought to hold around 3,500 women and children in five detention centres.