Nadia Murad Age, Story, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Full NameNadia Murad Basee Taha
ProfessionHuman-rights Activist
Famous ForBeing the first Iraqi to win the Noble Peace Prize
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 50 kg
in pounds- 110 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)32-26-32
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourDark Brown
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear- 1993
Age (as in 2018) 25 Years
BirthplaceVillage- Kojo, District- Sinjar, Iraq
HometownSinjar, Iraq
SchoolA High School in Iraq
Educational QualificationNot Known
EthnicityYazidis or Kurdish
Awards, Achievements, Honours2016: Václav Havel Award for Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
2016: Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (with Lamiya Aji Bashar)Nadia Murad was awarded Sukharov award with Lamiya Aji Bashar in 2016
2018: Nobel Peace Prize (with Denis Mukwege)
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsAbid Shamdin
Marriage DateAugust 19, 2018
Husband/SpouseAbid Shamdin (Works as a volunteer at Yazda, a non-profit organisation)
Nadia Murad with her husband
ParentsFather- Murad Ismail
Mother- Name Not Known
SiblingsBrother- About 10 brothers and some step-brothers
Sister- Names Not Known

Nadia Murad

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nadia Murad

  • Does Nadia Murad smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Nadia Murad drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • Before being attacked by militants, her family was living happily in its town, Sinjar. Her father was a farmer.
  • On 3 August 2014, when Murad was only 17 or 19 years old. ISIS militants attacked Yazidis community in Sinjar city of Iraq. Militants forced them to leave their home.

    Nadia Murad with her relatives on her way back to home in 2017

    Nadia Murad with her relatives on her way back to home in Iraq in 2017

  • Militants gave community two options: convert to Islam or die. When people refused to convert to Islam, they were murdered.
  • Six of Murad’s brothers were killed and some others managed to escape. Militants killed men and took the women and girls.
  • Murad was among that group of the girls, which was taken to Mosul from Sinjar and all girls were treated as sex slaves. Murad was gang raped many times by militants.

  • In the city of Mosul, she was held captive. When she tried to escape, she was beaten and raped. Once she managed to escape when her captor forgot to lock the door. Her neighbours sent her to a refugee camp at Duhok in northern Iraq.
  • She gave her first testimony to journalists of the Belgian daily newspaper La Libre Belgique in February 2015.
  • In 2015, Murad was one of 1000 women and children, who were benefited by a refugee programme of the Government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
  • Murad informed the United Nations Security Council on this issue on 16 December 2015.
  • In September 2016, she founded Nadia’s Initiative, an organization devoted to “helping women and children victimised by mass atrocities, genocide, and human trafficking to  rebuild their lives and communities.” The same month, she was named the first Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations (UNODC) for the Dignity of Survivors of Human trafficking.

    Nadia Murad addressing United Nations

    Nadia Murad addressing United Nations

  • On 3 May 2017, she met Pope Francis and Archbishop Gallagher in the Vatican City and asked for helping Yazidis who are still in ISIS captivity.

    Nadia Murad meeting Pope Francis

    Nadia Murad meeting Pope Francis

  • On 7 November 2017, Murad’s memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State was published.

    Nadia Murad's Memoir

    Nadia Murad’s Memoir

  • Murad got married to fellow Yazidi human rights activist Abid Shamdeen in August 2018.
  • In October 2018, she along with activist Denis Mukwege, was awarded the Noble Prize for peace.

    Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege were awarded Noble Peace Prize

    Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege were awarded Noble Peace Prize jointly