Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by ISIS and forced into sex slavery becomes a UN ambassador
A brave Iraqi woman who survived life as an ISIS sex slave today took on a UN position to highlight the atrocities and met her human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
Nadia Murad was captured and sold into slavery aged just 19 after jihadis stormed her town in the northern Iraq and killed her entire family, as well as 300 others in the Yazidi genocide of August 2014.
But the brave Iraqi escaped and told her story and today, met Mrs Clooney, who will represent her and thousands of other women victimised by ISIS as they take their human rights case to the International Criminal Court.
Mrs Clooney, an advocate for the thousands of women raped and enslaved by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Kurdistan, wants to see jihadis in the dock in The Hague on trial for crimes against humanity.
Nadia met Mrs Clooney and regional Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green) in Stuttgart, as she takes on a new role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations on human traffickers.
Her campaign has already won her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, and she will now go on to tell her story all over the world to highlight the plight of the thousands of sex slaves who have been abused by ISIS.
Nadia was part of the non-Muslim Yazidi community which was stormed by jihadis.
Six of her eight brothers were murdered in front of her alongside 300 other men from her village, before she was snatched and repeatedly raped by ‘countless’ men several times a day.
Her mother was killed while Nadia and her two sisters and teenage female cousins and nieces, were transported to the ISIS stronghold of Mosul with more than 150 other girls before being subjected to horrific sexual abuse.
She said she had to ‘take herself off to another world’ as she was brutally raped.
Nadia was eventually able to escape some three months later, fleeing to the safety of a refugee camp before finding asylum in Germany.
The UN has branded ISIS’s treatment of the Yazidi people a possible genocide, after the terror group launched a campaign of murder, rape, abuse and torture against the population.
Her father had died before the harrowing atrocity.
The young girls were even raped as they were transported to Mosul. Nadia told the United Nations Security Council in December: ‘Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us.
‘They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts.
‘One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.’
Nadia’s two sisters also survived their ordeal – one is with her in Germany while her other sister is in a refugee camp in Iraq with her two surviving brothers.
In May, the brave survivor issued a chilling warning to the United States Senate, claiming ISIS would continue to be a threat to America unless the terror group was wiped out.
Speaking to the Senate Homeland Security Committee in June, she said the United States could expect further atrocities such as the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando while the ISIS ideology continues to exist.
Addressing the United Nations Security Council last December, Nadia described the persecution the Yazidi people face under ISIS, which trades women and children from the minority population as ‘war booty’.
‘Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again,’ she said as she recounted her harrowing story.’