Since 2011, Michel Slomka works on the psychological and traumatic consequences of violence on war crime casualties. Sinjar thus highlights the damage caused by the Syrian and Iraqi War, and the ethnic purge perpetrated by Isis in areas conquered in the spring and summer of 2014. The Yezidis - symbols of this purge, and faith based minority harboring monotheist beliefs originally from Kurdish beliefs - were the target of a genocide project questioning their military presence between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Three years after the events, thousands of Yezidis died, vanished, or are still prisoners of ISIS in the last areas under their control in Iraq and Syria. The casualties of this annihilation scheme are men and old people who are filling up the mass graves caused by ISIS, while women and children were massively used as sex slaves and child soldiers.
Michel Slomka exposed the desolation ruling on this scarred land. There is no fight, no cannon fire, but one photograph depicting men holding weapons. The remaining photographs depict looks, encounters, individuals weeping or prostrating, in a state of shock, or bare and alarming landscapes. He focuses more particularly on the link uniting the individual to the place they inhabit, or haunt. He focuses on the psychological aftereffects that people suffer from after surviving the massacre, and managing to escape the self-appointed caliphate. He ponders on the community's ability to face the extreme violence which shattered their daily life, their ability to reconstruct themselves, knowing that they only have the vivid pain caused by the absence of the casualties of this tragedy. Which path should they take in order to heal from the trauma, and tame the voice and presence of these phantoms?