Nadia Murad Basee Taha is the Woman of the Year 2016. She is a Yazidi human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and since September 2016 the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations. Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and 2014 Woman of the Year said:
“Nadia is more than a survivor…. She is a brave, resilient, determined, stubborn, soulful woman who has decided to go deep within herself and recount the worst horrors that any person could ever go through so that others don’t have to go through the same thing.”
Murad was a student living in the village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq when Islamic State fighters invaded the Yazidi community in the village killing 600 people, including brothers and Stepbrothers of her. Murad and her sisters were taken as sex slaves. She was held in the city of Mosul beaten, burned with cigarettes, and gang raped. She was one of more than 6,700 Yazidi women taken prisoner by Islamic State in Iraq.
Along with her, many young women were raped, chained to one another, auctioned off, and passed among 20 to 30 men.
Nadia was able to escape in the fall of 2014 and was taken in by a neighboring family who were able to smuggle her out of the Islamic State-controlled area to a refugee camp in Duhok.
16 December 2015
Nadia briefed the United Nations Security Council on the issue of human trafficking and conflict, the first time the Council was briefed on human trafficking.
Now she is suing the terrorists in an international court and wants the fighters to listen to their victims’ stories:
“I want them to hear the five-year-old boy they kidnapped and the nine-year-old girl they raped and the 30-year-old mother whose children they killed,” she says. That, she believes, is the first step to ending the genocide. “By listening to their victims, I want them to feel what they’ve done.”
She questioned United Nations: “If beheadings, sexual enslavement, the rape of children, and the displacement of millions do not force you to act, when will you act?”
Murad started a global initiative against genocide at. She hopes to fight genocide wherever it’s happening in the world.
With some inputs from GLAMOUR
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