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