Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Nadia Murad: From jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

Watch: Nadia Murad was imprisoned by the IS. Now, she has won the Nobel Prize for peace Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for efforts to end use of sexual violence as weapon of war
Kenny Thornton | 07 October, 2018, 22:30

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said they "have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes".

Denis Mukwege was awarded the prize for his work as a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nadia Murad is a human rights activist who, in the words of the committee, "has shown uncommon courage ... in speaking up".

"Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army". He said, "I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognized".

Murad has shared her painful story with global media outlets over and over to show the world what happened to Yazidis. For this objective he wears a slogan on his lab coat that says, "Stop Raping Our Greatest Resources, Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo".

Nadia Murad, 25, has spoken in shocking detail of her experiences at the hands of ISIS sex traffickers - who treated women as "animals" touching them wherever they pleased.

Mukwege, 63, said the cause of the conflict in Congo and the resulting sexual violence against women lies in the contest to control rare metals, which are sought by countries and companies around the world.

In 2016, as UN's goodwill ambassador, Murad urged Britain to follow Germany's lead in allowing refugees from the Yazidi community into the UK.

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It mentions Merkel's previous comments on the responsibility toward Israel that Germany bears as the perpetrator of the Holocaust. She also met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and toured an innovation exhibit of Israeli and German companies with Netanyahu.

The anticipation for the Peace Prize reached its peak after the postponement of this year's Literature Prize for the first time in 70 years over a rape scandal that came to light as part of the #MeToo movement which took off exactly a year ago.

"The first thing they did was they forced us to convert to Islam", Murad told AFP in 2016. "They served as a weapon in the fight against Yazidis and other religious minorities". The youngest was Malala Yousafzai, who won in 2014 at 17-years-old after she was shot in the head at close range by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, where she grew up.

In Iraq, state TV stopped regular programming to report on Murad's win.

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences will be revealed on Monday.

ANTONIO GUTERRES: This prize also recognizes countless victims around the world who have too often been stigmatized, hidden and forgotten.

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner had been repeatedly nominated for his work with gang rape victims from the conflicts that have ravaged his homeland.

The victor of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, honoring Alfred Nobel, the founder of the five Nobel Prizes, will be revealed on Monday.

Who will be this year's laureate?

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