Yezidi survivor Nadia Murad to publish book about her fight against ISIS


Nadia Murad. File photo

ARA News

Nadia Murad, one of the most well-known Yezidi human rights activists, former Islamic State catpive and nobel peace price nominee announced that her story will be published as a book on 31st October in several countries.

A survivor of the ISIS-led torture and genocide of the Yazidi people, Nadia Murad has captured the world’s attention with her devastatingly powerful story and unparalleled bravery.

A nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, recipient of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize and the Sakharov Prize, and the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, Nadia’s advocacy as a human rights activist has given a face and a voice to the thousands who have suffered unspeakable crimes carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS).

“I am honored to announce that soon my story will be published under the title “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State” in several languages by the Tim Duggan Books and it will be translated by other agencies worldwide,” she said.

“The financial income from this book and other prizes I received will be used to form and manage my humanitarian initiative ‘The Nadia Initiative’ for which we will have an office in Germany and potentially other places,” she said.

“Nadia Initiative has two major goals; continue the campaign we have started nearly two years ago with respect to legal accountability for IS [ISIS] members and recognition of Genocide, and provide humanitarian, educational, and psychological support for programs supporting victims of Genocide, human trafficking and those who suffered generally in conflict areas,” the Yezidi survivor said.

Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, announced the publication in a press statement.

“Being a survivor of genocide comes with great responsibility—for I am the lucky one. Having lost my brothers, mother, and many more family members and friends, it is a responsibility I embrace fully and take very seriously. My role as an activist is not just about my suffering—it is about a collective suffering,” Murad further added.

“Telling my story and reliving the horrors I encountered is no easy task, but the world must know. The world must feel a moral responsibility to act and if my story can influence world leaders to act then it must be told,” she said.

Her book is a continuation of Nadia’s mission to share her heartbreaking personal tragedy with the world with the hope of stopping ISIS extremists and holding them accountable for their crimes.

In early 2014, Nadia Murad was twenty-one-year-old and aspired to be a history teacher and a salon owner in the village of Koco. However, in August 2014 when fighters operating under the banner of ISIS took over the village.

Nadia was chosen by an ISIS fighter who, along with his fellow militants, repeatedly raped and beat her. This torture would continue for several days until, in a stroke of luck, Nadia was able to escape, and later immigrated to Germany.

Despite the trauma she has experienced, she has made it her goal to speak out against ISIS. Her new book is part of this fight.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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