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.Read More
"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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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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
“When you listen to Nadia Murad’s story you realize the importance of the rule of law and due process, which must be sustained.” - Hillary ClintonRead More
This week Nadia's Initiative met with Mr. Jean Claude Mallette, from the French Foreign Minister to follow up on what we discussed in our last October’s meetings with the Honourable Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and the Foreign Minister Mr. Jean Ledrian.
The rebuilding of areas destroyed by ISIS, humanitarian support, de-mining of Sinjar and refugees situation were among the topics that have been discussed in this positive meeting.Read More
Thanks to the quick and determined help of the State of Baden-Württemberg, 1100 women and children had the chance to come to Germany and receive urgently needed medical and psychological help. I was one of them.Read More
“I now know that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me. I was home living w/my family. I didn’t go somewhere where there was a war. Our neighbors turned on us.” NadiaMuradBasee, Yazidi survivor of ISIL & UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador said in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at UNHQ.
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In “The Last Girl,” Nadia Murad tells the story of her captivity along with other members of her Yazidi village of Kocho. It is an intimate account of what she calls “a slow, painful death — of the body and the soul.” As an insider, she is able to present a full portrait of her people as more than just victims. She writes with understandable anger but also with love, flashes of humor and dignity. In telling her story, Murad also offers glimpses of what has been wrought over recent decades in Iraq.
Read more in The Washington Post.
"The President of the France affirmed his support for the Yezidi cause and the courageous struggle led by Nadia Murad."Read More
Today the United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution put forward by the UK that will create an investigation into the war crimes committed by the Islamic State group against the Yazidi people.
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The Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by ISIL fighters receive care, protection, and justice and that children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a UN report published today says.
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Amal Clooney is one giant step closer to achieving her longtime goal of holding ISIS accountable for its war crimes.Read More