“Our houses, our families, our traditions, our people, our dreams - they were all destroyed.” Nadia Murad
When the Islamic State (IS) attacked her homeland in Sinjar in 2014, Nadia Murad’s life turned upside down. They had come to ethnically cleanse Iraq of all Yazidis. The systematic campaign that ensued, marked by mass killings and forced sexual slavery, put this ancient community at the centre of international attention. Thousands of men and elderly women including Nadia’s mother and six brothers were executed - on the same land where they had lived peacefully for centuries.
Since Nadia’s escape from captivity, she has made it her mission to raise awareness of IS and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. Today, a Noble Peace Prize Laureate and the UN's first ever Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Victims of Human Trafficking, Nadia has become a powerful advocate for women in war and survivors of sexual violence.