Among the most tragic losses of the many antiquities destroyed in Iraq by ISIS has been the destruction of Iraq’s seriously understudied medieval architecture.
Robert Leutheuser is an independent cultural photographer who has dedicated himself to documenting community life in the Middle East, focusing on Kurdish peoples. Perhaps most notably, his work has helped the international community to understand who the Yezidis are.
Between (the lack of) access, confusion, fear, and propaganda, it can be very difficult to know if something is happening, or what is happening, to historic Yezidi shrines at the hands of the Islamic State.
Since our last report in early July, the destruction by the Islamic State has not stopped.