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Nadia Murad

Stuttgart, Germany

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 2018

Founder of Nadia's initiative, an organisation dedicated to helping victims of genocide

Author of "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State"

Nadia Murad was kidnapped at the age of nineteen by Islamic State, along with other members of her family. Taken from their village of Kocho in northern Iraq, she was held as a sex slave by fighters of the Islamic State. She was beaten, tortured, and repeatedly raped. Nadia Murad escaped the group after being held for three months and found herself a refugee in Duhok, northern Iraq, before being taken to Stuttgart, Germany. Once in Germany, she received medical treatment before being reunited with other survivors. Of her family, six of her nine brothers and her mother were killed the day she and her two sisters were taken by ISIS.

Nadia Murad is leading voice in making the world aware of the atrocities committed by ISIS. Nadia is committed to leading a campaign aimed at promoting peace by means of de-radicalization.

Nadia defines herself a survivor, not a victim. Her aim is to lift the veil on the torture and abuse suffered by men, women, and children by extremists while highlighting the plight of marginalized ethnic and religious minority groups.

Her courage in speaking out and her efforts to put the world’s focus on the genocide taking place in her own country at the UNO saw her nominated by Iraq for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2018, she became the second youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the Council of Europe Vaclav Havel Award for Human Rights.

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