General Assembly President at a Panel discussion with Gloria Steinem and Nadia Murad on her fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“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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‘Slow, painful death’ of Yazidi woman’s body and soul while enslaved by the Islamic State

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.

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Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Today, 3 August 2017, marks the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yazidi. In the summer of 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) launched a systematic campaign of mass atrocities against civilians in northern Iraq. By 3 August that campaign reached Sinjar City and many other towns and villages in the region that were home to a significant population of Yazidis, a distinct ethno- religious minority group with centuries of heritage.

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Meeting in Hamburg

Today, I was honored to meet a group of representatives from the Government of Hamburg, Germany, journalists, activists from civil society, and representatives of a number of universities in the town hall of Hamburg. 

We discussed many topics, including; the current needs of genocide victims and the current situation of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. 

Thanks to Körber Foundation for organizing this meeting and thanks to the State of Hamburg for supporting it.

( Photographer : Jann Wilken) 

June 13, 2017

Nadia Murad
 

A statement from Nadia Murad regarding the liberation of Kocho

With tears streaming down my face, I have received the news that my village of Kocho is being liberated by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force. The liberation of Kocho is a victory for humanity. It is a victory of good over evil. Nonetheless, this victory is incomplete. The world has left my people to endure an ongoing Genocide.

The Yazidi community has been waiting for three years, while constantly asking the international community to take the Yazidi Genocide seriously and to grant the most basic rights of victims in the aftermath of the Genocide. So little changed in those three years. The Yazidi areas, including Kocho, have remained either under control of the Islamic State or extremely unsafe after liberation. The liberated areas of Sinjar and Nineveh Plain, even two years after liberation, remained a battlefield for political and armed conflict and our people have not been allowed to have their say. Our fear today is that the Yazidi homeland in Sinjar will be divided into three or more regions and the opposing factions will fight for control of our land – not to advance the dignity of our people. To date, the Yazidis have obtained no rights and our demands to liberate our areas, provide international protection, or to attain justice for the crimes committed have not been met.

There have been over 40 mass graves found in Sinjar. I am horrified by the thought of the remains of six of my brothers in those graves, along with 700 other Yazidis who were summarily executed on the 15th of August, 2014.

Despite these deep wounds, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the liberation of Kocho and other areas. The liberation of Kocho is a defeat for ISIS and a slap on faces of terrorists. It also assures that humanity will not be defeated by terrorism.

Kocho is now liberated but it is a ghost’s village. While it was under siege for  12 days under the Islamic State in summer 2014, we called for help, but a genocide was committed against us. The men were killed in masses, women were kidnapped and raped, and children were stripped away from their mothers. Kocho is one of the capital crimes of the 21st century. It is with this in mind that I ask the liberating and security forces to preserve all findings, so there will be living evidence of the Islamic State crimes forever.

A Statement by Nadia Murad

on May 25, 2017