ISIS sex slave wins Nobel Peace prize

Nadia Murad is public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq
October 05, 2018

Nadia Murad, joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS in Iraq.

Nadia Murad of Iraq will share the award with physician Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions,” the Nobel committee said in a press release published by Reuters.

New Iraqi President Barham Saleh hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Yazidi, Nadia Murad, calling it “an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry”.

In a tweet, Saleh said he had spoken with Murad to congratulate her, saying the prize was “an acknowledgement of (the) tragic plight” of the religious minority and “recognition for her courage in defending human rights of victims of terror & sexual violence”.

Born in 1993, Murad was kidnapped in 2014 when she a high school student. She was enslaved and raped by ISIS fighters in Mosul while her mother and six of her nine brothers were executed. “Nearly 6,500 women and children from the Yazidi were abducted and about 5,000 people from the community were killed during that day,” she said in 2017 according to CNN.

She eventually fled to Mosul where a Muslim family helped her obtain fake Islamic identification that enabled her to escape ISIS territory.

Murad has previously won the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, the Sakharov Prize, the Clinton Global Citizen Award and the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association of Spain. She has published a New York Times bestselling memoir titled "The Last Girl."

Murad became a UN goodwill ambassador in 2016, when she was just 23-years-old. She has spoken about being held as an ISIS sex slave for months to countless people to spread awareness of human trafficking. "Daesh will not give up their weapons unless we force them to give up their weapons... The Yazidi people cannot wait.", she declared in front of the American congress.