When a woman speaks, the entire universe listens. But when a survivor speaks, it inspires a new wave of hope in the hearts of the suffering.
Nadia Murad’s Nobel Peace Prize isn’t only an individual’s achievement, but a win for every single woman who is suffering sexual abuse in silence, resisting against it or has been used as a weapon of war.
Nadia Murad is a Yezidi, a religious minority with a history of brutal persecution, from Iraq who was held captive by the Islamic State (ISIS) as a sex slave for three months in Mosul. Nadia opens about her horrifying ordeal, saying that the captured women were sold as sex slaves. The soldiers examined them and inquired about their virginity like they were animals before buying them. Some slaves were awarded as a prize to high-ranking soldiers while others had to pay money to purchase.
In her extremely torturous captivity, Nadia was repeatedly raped, physically assaulted and burned with cigarettes.
Nadia was extremely courageous and fortunate, that her captor left the house door mistakenly open one day, providing her a successful chance to run away.
She took refuge in Germany in 2015 but she wanted to be recognized as a survivor, NOT a victim. She started her efforts to get her voice heard and became the first person to brief United Nations about human trafficking and using rape as a weapon of war. Being the voice of hundreds of suffering women, she said she wants herself to be the last woman with a story like hers.
While she was going to speak In UN for the first time, she wanted the world to know how the Yezidis Kurdish are suffering. She wanted to tell everyone how more women like her are struggling, how the children died of dehydration and how the families are still stranded on mountains in a desperate effort to save their lives.
And she got herself heard and influenced many as she won Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with Denis Mukwege for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” She revolutionary contenders won it, beating Donald Trump and Kim Jung. Nadia is the first ever Iraqi to name the prestigious award to her name.
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