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Home » Nobel Prize Peace Winner Nadia Murad Works to End Sexual Violence & Human Trafficking as Weapons of War

Nobel Prize Peace Winner Nadia Murad Works to End Sexual Violence & Human Trafficking as Weapons of War




Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 winner, is working to end sexual violence and human trafficking as weapons of war. She has seen much tragedy from seeing her family and others murdered, to becoming a victim of sex slavery herself. Thanks to a family in Mosul she was able to escape her captors and now fights for the freedoms of others.

Nadia shares her story and the tragedy that her people have faced from terrorists. “I’m from Sinjar, from the village of Kocho in Iraq. Although we were Yazidis, I loved all faiths. All my life, I see my family in the same village, in Kocho. Brothers, sisters, nephews, mother, all in one house. The Yazidis there were living a simple life, but a beautiful life and we were satisfied. On August 3, 2014, I was still in the village when Daesh attacked the Yazidi in Sinjar. As people were escaping to the mountain, 3000 Yazidis, men and children, were killed that day. Those who couldn’t leave, such as disabled people, Daesh killed them in their villages. We didn’t have time to escape to the mountain. When they besieged us, they surrounded the village, so we couldn’t escape. Men in the village were telephoning, they were asking for help so that we could escape from the village, but we didn’t get help from any side. The Amir, of Daesh, came and spoke to the head of our village. ‘You have three days to convert or we will kill all of you.’ Daesh, hundreds entered our village and gathered all of us inside the school. The goal of Daesh in coming, they told us when they came: ‘We want to wipe the Yazidi from the face of the earth.’ They took our possessions, took our mobiles, took our id’s. They took our jewelry, including our earrings.”

She then speaks of the tragedy that took place to her people. “Then they separated and took out the men while we were in the school. My brothers were taken with the men, they were killing them, and we women and girls were seeing them through the window. They took us to Solagh, in Solagh, again they separated us into unmarried girls, boys, unmarried women and elderly women. They separated 80 elderly women from us and they killed them in Solagh and my mother was among the 80 elderly women killed in Solagh. The boys, they took them to their training sites. We were 150 girls, aged 9 to 25 or 26; they took us away in buses that night. They took us to Mosul, to one of their centers where there were hundreds of girls. They didn’t kill us because they wanted to rape us. I tried to escape from the first man, but before I could get through the window he caught me. Anyone could rape us, they were selling us and renting us. We never expected to be able to escape because there was Daesh where we looked. But I escaped with the help of a family in Mosul. That family, honestly, I didn’t expect that there was anyone who could help us. Nobody helped us until that day. Of course, it’s a big thing and I’m honored today.

Nadia asks for help from us all. “David Cameron in parliament mentioned my name and my community. He said the Yazidi have been persecuted greatly. Yet nothing is done for us, we can’t bear this anymore. I want serious action, not just words and I want international protection to be provided for us. Rescue our girls and women and recognize what is happening to the Yazidi as a genocide. Thousands are missing and 20, 27 mass graves have been discovered they have not been looked at yet. In the camps, our people in their thousands go hungry. Those held by Daesh for a year and several months have endured. Too much, too much, too much has happened to them, every hour. What I have seen in the past, it’s been happening to them since. I don’t have much information about politics but there are things I want from the world and all governments and from all humans who will hear my voice. That we all stand together from all religions and all countries. Whatever happens, we all are human, and we all are the same. That we take a stand for conscience and humanity to cut off these things happening to us today so that this will not happen to other people. So, it will not happen to other children, women and girls. And to eradicate this terrorism from the world.”

Imagine you are living your normal life and then someone comes in to kill your family because you will not convert to their religion. It is a terrible thought, but this has happened, and it is happening in the world! Nadia has brought awareness to the evil that has taken place and has been recognized for the pain that she went through. Since this has taken place much of ISIS has been destroyed because of a new administration in America.  President Donald Trump has worked hard to eradicate terrorism from the earth and that is what Nadia cried out for! “’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

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