Quite recently, the US President Donald Trump met with 27 people in the White House who escaped from the ISIS camps. These 27 refugees were the victims of extreme religious persecution at the hands of the ISIS militants. One of these refugees was Nadia Murad, a receiver of the Nobel Prize in 2018, becoming the first woman to receive the recognition. She was forced to flee Germany after the militants attacked the country and the Yazidi community. Most of her family members were killed in that attack and Murad was captured by the militants and sold into the sexual slavery market. When the refugees met the US President, Trump nodded in appreciation of the honor for Nadia Murad but at the same time asked her why she received the Nobel Prize.
Here are some of the reasons that Nadia Murad was the first Iraqi woman to receive the Nobel Prize. She has been working tirelessly to help the Yazidi community. She does this through her foundation, Nadia’s Initiative, which got her the Nobel Prize in 2018. She is helped by Denis Mukwege, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nadia Murad won the Nobel Prize for her efforts “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” During the time that she was a captive of the Islamic State militants, Nadia was subjected to various tortures like repeated rape and sexual abuse. After about three months of the abuse, she managed to flee from the camp where she was being held. After gaining her freedom, she started to work to help the women and children who are the victims of the same tortures that she endured during her captivity. When Nadia Murad met with Trump, she pleaded him to take some action since it is about a whole community and not just one family.