The Story of Nadia Murad Basee : Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018

Nadia Murad Basee was born to a farming family in Kocho village of Sinjara district in Iraq. She and her family belong to the Yazidi ethnic who practice Yazidi religion. Sinjar district in northern Iraq is home to the Yazidi people for many centuries. Nadia Murad is an advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence following an attack on her home village in Sinjar by the ISIS. She is the chairperson cum president of Nadia’s Initiative and a Good Will Ambassador. Her story of courage and endurance as a sex slave brought her to light where she continues to advocate for victims of genocide and sexual violence.

Yazidi Survivor Nadia Murad

Nadia’s capture into slaver

For a long time, the minority Yazidi have faced religious discrimination and attacks from other groups. In 2014, the Islamic State invaded and captured the Yazidi villages in Sinjar district for human trafficking and ethnic cleansing. Among the captured communities was Murad’s home village of Kocho. During the invasion the IS militants killed men and separated children from their families. Young women and girls were abducted into sex slavery. Nadia was among the kidnapped women. All those who refused convert to Islam including Murad’s mother and six of his brothers were killed. Murad was forced to watch the killing of her mother. Approximately more than five thousand Yazidi people died, and the United Nations labelled the attack a genocide.After the abduction, Murad and other women were forcefully taken to Mosul. Murad was held captive for about three months and forced to convert to Islam. During this time she was bought and sold several times as sex slave xnxx.

Nadia’s Escape

Nadia attempted to flee the camp, but one of the guards caught her. The militants would consider a captured woman a spoil of war if she was caught escaping. The militants would punish the woman through what they termed “sexual jihad” where they put the woman in a cell, and the men in the compound would rape her. Murad went through this ordeal, and she decided not to think of escaping again.However, one day she noticed an unlocked door and fled the compound. Nadia found her way to the house of Muslim family who had no connection to the IS. The family kept her safe and smuggled her out of the territory controlled by the ISIL intoIraqi Kurdistan where she settled in refugee camps with other Yazidi refugees.

Nadia Opens up about her plight and starts activism

Nadia Murad Basee
Nadia Murad Basee : Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018

Nadia first told her story in 2015 during an interview with Belgian Daily Newspaper. The same year she was among a thousand women who benefited from a refugee program that relocated them to Germany. On December 16 of the same year, Murad was invited to speak to UN Security Council concerning human trafficking.Her testimony highlighted the suffering of the minority Yazidi community and the ISIL’s use of sexual violence as a weapon during war. Nadia Murad continues to campaign for the women and girls still held captive by the IS.

Nadia’s Awards

In 2016, the Council of Europe awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Murad. The same year the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. In September, she founded the Murad Initiative to advocate and assist the victims of genocide. The same, she was appointed as the first Good Will Ambassador. In May2017, she met Pope Francis along with Archbishop Gallagher in Vatican where she asked for help for the Yazidis under the capture of the ISIS. She also highlighted the plight of minority religious communities in Iraq and Syria with focus on the victims, the internally displaced, and the immigrants. In 2018, she received a joint award with Denis Mukwege for the Nobel Peace prize to recognise their efforts in the fight against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

FILE PHOTO: Nadia Murad Basee, a 21-year-old Iraqi woman of the Yazidi faith, speaks to members of the Security Council during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo