Erbil, Kurdistan, Nadia Murda, a yezidi girl who is a survivor of sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS in Iraq awarded Nobel prize for her effort to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Murad is a young Yezidi girl from kocho village in shingal. She like many other girls and women were captivated by ISIS fighters as they took control in kocho villge in 2014.
Murad was held as a sex slave, raped, sold among the fighters. She and other captives were used as a thing not human. Murad could flee from the ISIS fighter, immediately left Iraq, resided in Germany, there she used her voice to raise awareness and draw international community attention to Yezidi genocide. Nadia transformed her pain and suffering in captivity to a strong power and became a voice for all women in the world who are facing sexual violence through breaking the taboo of the silence about Rape
“The Yazidis, have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women in particular have suffered greatly as they have been, and continue to be the victims of sexual violence”, she stated as she received Nobel Prize.
In her statement, she emphasized overcoming the diversity, working on humanity, “We must support efforts to focus on humanity, and overcome political and cultural divisions. We must not only imagine a better future for women, children and persecuted minorities, we must work consistently to make it happen - prioritizing humanity, not war”.
In 2014, ISIS fighters took control over Kocho villge in Shingal. They cruelty massacred the people. They divided women and men, men were slaughtered, as they refused to convert Islam, women were taken to Mosel and Raqqa, used as sex slaves.