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Yezidi activist
Nadia Murad wins
the Nobel Peace Prize

by Jasmina Ameti

BY JASMINA AMETI- Nadia Murad – ISIS prisoner turned Yezidi activist – won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Before the Yezidi genocide, where almost 10 000 Yazidi’s were kidnapped, raped and some brutally killed and untold thousands became refugees in their own country, Murad – in her own words – could never fathom falling victim to sexual slavery at the hands of a perverted faux-Islamic radical group: ISIS. While in their custody, she also could not have imagined surviving.


But she managed. Murad escaped the torture chambers in ISIS-held Iraq, became a refugee in Germany and later moved on to Switzerland. She lost her mother and six brothers. After becoming a refugee, Murad has been, and likely will not stop, raising awareness on minority issues and human rights. She has gone far and, in 2018, the 25 year old won the highest accolade in the world of peace making. Her autobiography ‘The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State,’ is a gripping account of her ordeal which provides analysis from the shackles of her cell. Murad is fighting ISIS by undermining its image and attacking its methods. She is deligitimising its ideology of hate. With more than 3 years since the genocide began, approximately 3 000 women and children remain missing. It is time to heal this glaring wound.

This article is part of a series of publications related to our upcoming event "Once and For All! Strategies to End the Scourge of Isis", that will be held on 02 November 2018, in Prague.

A special EGIC collection of articles and analyses will be distributed during the event.
Click on the link below to sign up to the event and find out more about it. 

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