On September 17th, Yazidi activist and co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize will be speaking at E.N.Thompson Forum on world issues on “From the Front Lines: Human Rights, Sex Trafficking, and the Survival of the Yazidi People”.
Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a global advocate for survivors of sexual violence and genocide. Nadia’s life was brutally interrupted in 2014 when ISIS attacked her homeland in Sinjar to ethnically cleanse Iraq of all minority groups, including the Yazidis.
Much of Murad’s advocacy work is focused on meeting with global leaders to raise awareness about Daeesh and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people.
In August 2014, Islamic State militants invaded the Yazidi areas; ISIS launched an assault on the Yazidi religious community’s heartland in Sinjar, northern Iraq. 10,000Yazidis were killed – with more than half shot, beheaded or burned alive and 7000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters.Ezidi 24 correspondent in Ninewa reveals the existence of a mass grave for Christians in Hamdaniya district
Nadia is currently the President and Chairman of Nadia’s Initiative which actively works to persuade governments and other organizations to support efforts to rebuild the Yazidi homeland financially.
Nearly 3,000 kidnapped women, children and girls are still in captivity. 80 mass graves have so far been discovered, in addition to tens of individual grave sites after Sinjar liberation in 2016.Get to know Yazidis in Iraq
Yazidis in Iraq are estimated more than 650,000 people according to an unofficial census. Yazidis were considered to be kuffar by ISIS, which translates to unbelievers worthy of killing and they also considered unbelievers by other extremist groups such as Al Qaida, Islamic groups in Iraq and Syria and by many extremist Islamic leaders (Eextremist Sheikh of Islam).