Thousands of Yazidi walked miles to find refuge as the militant group expanded its reach.
Posted on August 12, 2014, at 12:01 p.m. ET
On the outskirts of Sinjar Mountain, displaced Yazidi walk towards the Syrian border on their way to safety in Iraqi Kurdistan on Aug. 10.
An estimated 40,000 Yazidi fled to Sinjar Mountain after ISIS captured their towns on Aug 3. ISIS fighters besieged the mountain, and the stranded Yazidi started to die from starvation and dehydration.
At least 40 children died form the harsh conditions during just the first few days on Sinjar Mountain, according to Unicef.
Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters that ISIS fighters had killed at least 500 Yazidi during their northern offensive.
The displaced Yazidi have had to struggle through harsh conditions to flee ISIS's violence.
Members of the Kurdish Red Crescent help a displaced Yazidi woman.
Yazidi fleeing ISIS cool off in the Tigris River on Aug. 10. Kurdish officials said that some 45,000 Yazidi had crossed the river in the past week.
U.S. and Kurdish flags flutter while members of the Yazidi community struggle to reach safety.
Thousands more Yazidi are still believed to be stranded on Sinjar Mountain.
Yazidi cross a river into Iraqi Kurdistan on Aug. 11.
Displaced Yazidi cross back into Dohuk province in Iraqi Kurdistan from Syria on Aug. 10.
Many of the Yazidi fled their homes with little or no possessions, like these women, pictured on Aug 11.
The Yazidi are one of many minority Kurdish and religious groups displaced by ISIS's violence. Iraqi Christians in the north have also been forced to flee.
Prior to ISIS's advance, northern Iraq had long been home to many of Iraq's diverse minority communities.
Now tens of thousands of civilians have had to flee, and don't know if or when they will go home again.
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