Nobel peace prize winner ‘Nadia Murad’ tortured and raped by Islamic State (IS) militants, later became the face of human rights campaign for Yazidi people.
Nadia Murad is a rape survivor and an erstwhile sex slave of the ISIS.Her story is very brutal and absolutely horrifying, she was 21 when IS militants attacked her village in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria.The terrorists entered her village on August 3. IS told the Yazidis: “Convert to Islam or die”. The militants killed those who refused to convert to Islam, including six of her brothers and her mother. She says that she was raped by so many men that she eventually lost count.
During the year she was held by the Islamic State (Isis), she spent her days dreading the smell of the Isis fighter’s breath, the disgusting sounds he made and the pain he inflicted on her body.
After buying her, the fighter brought the teenage girl a round box containing four strips of pills, one of them red coloured. “Every day, I had to swallow one in front of him. He gave me one box per month. When I ran out, he replaced it. When I was sold from one man to another, the box of pills came with me,” explained the girl, who learned only months later that she was being given birth control.
Nadia Murad eventually escaped her Isis captors. She was smuggled out of Iraqand in early 2015 went as a refugee to Germany. Later that year she began to campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Nadia is determined to keep telling her story until every Yazidi is free, a bravery which has earned her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.