Press release - France's contribution to the fund launched by Nadia Murad

Press release - France's contribution to the fund launched by Nadia Murad

On the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum, the President of the Republic sponsored the launch by Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, of a fund for the reconstruction of the Iraqi Sinjar region, particularly marked by the Daesh abuses. France will mobilize two million euros to supplement this fund, which will include the creation of infrastructure, schools, hospitals, income-generating structures, and encourage the return of displaced Yazidi populations to their land. The President of the Republic hopes that other contributors can replenish this fund in the near future. He asked the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs to determine with Nadia Murad and his team priority projects.

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President Macron agrees to expand his support for the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar.

"The President of the Republic today received Nadia Murad, whom he had invited to Paris after obtaining, jointly with Denis Mukwege, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. He paid tribute to Nadia Murad's fight for women victims of sexual violence and against ethnic and religious violence. He reiterated France's commitment to impunity for crimes committed in Syria and Iraq. He said France would strengthen its assistance to the Sinjar region, both in humanitarian matters and in support of reconstruction. The President of the Republic announced that in response to Nadia Murad's proposal, France would welcome 100 Yazidi women, victims of Daesh, released but currently blocked and without care in the refugee camps of Iraqi Kurdistan. 20 of them should be hosted by the end of the year and the others by 2019. The President of the Republic has also agreed to sponsor Nadia Murad's launch of a fund for the reconstruction of Sinjar, which will include the creation of infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and thus promote the return of their land uprooted from Yazidi populations. The President invited Nadia Murad to present this initiative to the Paris Peace Forum, in front of dozens of heads of state and government, on November 11th."

http://www.elysee.fr/communiques-de-presse/article/communique-entretien-du-president-de-la-republique-avec-mme-nadia-murad-prix-nobel-de-la-paix-201/

Nobel Peace winner Murad urges global fight against genocide

Nobel Peace winner Murad urges global fight against genocide

A co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize called Monday for a global fight against genocide and sexual violence, pledging to be a voice for victims around the world.

Iraqi Nadia Murad said in her first news conference since accepting the award that she feels obligated to use her voice to defend the rights of persecuted people around the world.

“We must work together to put an end to genocide, hold accountable those who commit these crimes and achieve justice for the victims,” Murad told a packed room at the National Press Club.

https://apnews.com/79e6964e52b34b17805a1a1222b4068e

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My statement on winning the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

This morning the Nobel Committee informed me that I was selected as a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. I am incredibly honored and humbled by their support and I share this award with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds, other persecuted minorities and all of the countless victims of sexual violence around the world. 

As a survivor, I am grateful for this opportunity to draw international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people who have suffered unimaginable crimes since the genocide by Daesh, which began in 2014. Many Yazidis will look upon this prize and think of family members that were lost, are still unaccounted for, and of the 1,300 women and children, which remain in captivity. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis, have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women in particular have suffered greatly as they have been, and continue to be the victims of sexual violence. 

For myself, I think of my mother, who was murdered by DAESH, the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honor them. Persecution of minorities must end. We must work together with determination – to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the perpetrators and justice for the survivors.

We must remain committed to rebuilding communities ravaged by genocide. Survivors deserve a safe and secure pathway home or safe passage elsewhere. We must support efforts to focus on humanity, and overcome political and cultural divisions. We must not only imagine a better future for women, children and persecuted minorities, we must work consistently to make it happen - prioritizing humanity, not war. 

Congratulations to my co-recipient, Dr. Mukwege, a man I admire greatly who has dedicated his life to helping women of sexual violence. 
Thank you to the Nobel Committee for this honor.

I  will organized  a press conference this Sunday in Washington DC. The time and place will be announced tomorrow on this page. 

Nadia Murad

Help is on the way, at last, for religious minorities in Iraq.

Help is on the way, at last, for religious minorities in Iraq.

The United States will soon begin its first directly funded rebuilding projects for Iraqi Christian and Yazidi communities devastated by Islamic State militants, a U.S. official said Thursday.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/help-is-on-the-way-at-last-for-religious-minorities-in-iraq/2018/07/26/e6d58265-76f5-4d26-abcc-a76ce7e1aeca_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cc0aa6ce4010

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2018 Report on the Status of Sinjar

2018 Report on the Status of Sinjar

Nadia’s Initiative, an organization founded by U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad has just completed a detailed assessment of the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar in Northern Iraq. The report offers the most comprehensive analysis of the region despite the global recognition of the ISIS’s genocidal program in Sinjar. 

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New York Times: Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

New York Times: Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

We are very grateful to President Emmanuel Macron of France, who pledged to help demine the Sinjar region. And together with the French government, we are working on starting the Sinjar Action Fund, a trust fund to rebuild Sinjar. But we need more help. I call on governments, international organizations, private entities and individuals to contribute to the Sinjar Action Fund and help us return home and rebuild our lives.

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EU aid not reaching Yazidi in northern Iraq, says NGO

EU aid not reaching Yazidi in northern Iraq, says NGO

The EU has provided some €350m in humanitarian funding aid for Iraq between 2015 and 2017.

But Nadia's Initiative, an NGO named after an enslaved Yezhidi girl who managed to escape the Islamic State, says little if anything ends up helping the discriminated community in Sinjar, an ancient city in northern Iraq.

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, who has been working with the community since 2015, told this website Iraqi politicians are now refusing to disperse any of the needed aid funds to the area in and around Sinjar.

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Hundreds of civilians flee Afrin

"Yezidi genocide survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad issued a warning on Monday about the safety of the Yezidi minority and the whole civilian population in Afrin.

“There is only one road through which people can leave the city” that is “under siege from all sides,” she stated.

Warning of war crimes, including civilian deaths, looting, shaming of minorities, and destruction of religious sites, Murad appealed to international bodies to intervene.

“This horror is reminiscent of the initial actions of ISIS in Iraq… This situation foreshadows ‘ethnic cleansing’ and genocide,” she stated, stressing that now is the time “to heal wounds” and prevent violence in Iraq and Syria" .

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Read more in Rudaw.

The Lethal Legacy of Landmines in Iraq

The Lethal Legacy of Landmines in Iraq

 

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia's Initiative, is pushing for the removal of the explosives and booby traps in Sinjar province, a region located on the Turkish-Iraqi border. We speak to the foundation's co-executive director, Elizabeth Schaeffer-Brown, for more on the demining operations.

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The Daring Plan to Save a Religious Minority from ISIS

Growing up in northwestern Iraq, Hadi Pir often went to Mt. Sinjar for solace. As a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority, he believed that the narrow mountain was sacred, central to the Yazidi creation myth. Aside from the mountain, the region where the country’s six hundred thousand Yazidis live, also called Sinjar, is flat and desert-like. To Yazidis, it seems clear that God created the mountain because He knew that they would need a place to hide.

Read in The New Yorker.

Meeting with The USG

As part of our campaign to bring awareness and find a real solution to the difficult situations faced by Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities in Iraq and Syria, we met with several officials of the US administration.  We discussed necessary steps that should be taken in the next phase of assisting our endangered communities. 

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