A small boy sits on the ground at Shariya refugee camp in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan. It's home to thousands of Yazidis, many who fled from Mount Sinjar and surrounding towns when ISIS fighters moved in.
Thousands of Yazidis from the town of Sinjar were taken captive by ISIS forces. Fighters separated the women from men and forced them to become sex slaves. Men faced a choice: Convert to Islam or be shot.
While thousands of Yazidis were captured, thousands of others fled. Many ended up here in the camp, where you can hear the occasional reverberation of what are said to be airstrikes from the ISIS front line, around 30 kilometers (18 miles) away.
Amid all the uncertainty, a woman carries out domestic tasks. Yazidis are of Kurdish descent, and their religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism.
Children play in the dirt with toys crafted from cardboard. Some clamber through the wire fence and play with rocks -- anything to keep themselves entertained.
The Shariya camp opened six months ago and now 4,000 tents line the dusty ground, providing shelter to thousands of refugees.
A small child is seen within the safety of a tent at the refugee camp. It's not known how long they'll have to stay here.
A man gives another a shave. For many, an element of normalcy has returned after months in the camp.
Despite everything they've been through, some Yazidi refugees find a reason to smile.
Many families were separated when ISIS forces raided Yazidi villages, mercilessly killing anyone who tried to escape.
The Yazidis have long suffered persecution, with many Muslims referring to them as devil worshipers. The ISIS storming of Sinjar created a humanitarian crisis as some fled into the mountains and were trapped without food or water.