Story of Slave, Who Escaped from ISIS, Got Nobel Peace Prize – Yazidi Women – Nadia Murad
It was tough day for Yazidis, on 2 August 2014, as ISIS attacked Iraq. The day before Isis attacked the country, it was holiday in Sinjar district, northern Iraq. All the Yazidis gathered to celebrate the end of a fasting period. Harvested wheat fields stood short and stubbly under the shadowless sun. That day, the atmosphere was restless and the temperature peaked above 40C. On this day, it was observed that the unfamiliar vehicles started to appear. The lights of the cars could be seen moving in the desert beyond the outlying villages. It was ISIS, who took many lives. Out of billions and millions of people one woman got escaped from the ISIS, while others lose their life or became slave.
On 5th of October, a Yazidi woman just became the first Iraqi ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nadia Murad, 25, an activist from the persecuted Yazidi religious minority in Iraq and a former captive of ISIS, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. She shares the award with Dr. Denis Mukwege, 63, a Congolese surgeon who treats victims of rape.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement that they had chosen Murad and Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
“Nadia Murad is herself a victim of war crimes. She refused to accept the social codes that require women to remain silent and ashamed of the abuses to which they have been subjected,” the statement said. “She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.”
Murad and about 3,000 other Yazidi women were kidnapped and sold into sex slavery by ISIS in 2014, as part of the terrorist group’s genocidal campaign to wipe out the religious minority.
Though ISIS in Iraq was essentially defeated last year, Iraqis are still trying to piece their shattered country back together after years of battling the terrorist group.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Murad’s “powerful advocacy” helped lead to a UN investigation into ISIS’s possible war crimes. Iraq’s new president, Barham Salih, also congratulated Murad and said he also recognizes all victims of “terrorism” in Iraq, according to state television.
Murad was humbled by the award, she told Reuters on Friday. “I share this award with all Yazidis, with all the Iraqis, Kurds, and all the minorities and all survivors of sexual violence around the world,” she said.