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Murad, Nadia

Murad, Nadia (Nadia Murad Basee Taha), 1993?, Iraqi human-rights advocate. A Yazidi, Murad was seized (2014) and most of her family murdered by Islamic State (IS) forces when they overran large areas of Iraq; she was held as a sex slave for three months before she escaped. One of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi women raped and abused by IS, she was resettled in Germany in 2015 by a Yazidi refugee aid program. Since then she has worked as an advocate for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence and for the Yazidi community; in 2016 she became a UN goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking. In 2018 she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Denis Mukwege for her work.

See her memoir (2017).

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