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Nadia Murad calls for protection for the Yazidi community in Iraq

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Nadia Murad, a victim of the heinous atrocities committed by ISIS, has been dedicated in bringing the suffering of the Yazidis in Iraq to international attention.

In the Kadia Camp in Dohuk Province, which is located in the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, Yazidis who escaped and fled from ISIS now reside free from the menace of the terrorist group.

Among the camp’s inhabitants is the family of Nadia Murad, the Yazidi woman from Kocho in northern Iraq’s Sinjar District and co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Murad, once a victim of ISIS’ genocidal campaign against Yazidis, now combats violence against women and helps others, who like herself, were victims of mass atrocities, trafficking and slavery.

Her family members who live in the camp expressed their happiness and pride at Nadia’s achievements, during a week in which Iraq celebrated the one-year anniversary since its military victory over ISIS and Murad gave her Nobel Prize winning acceptance speech.

“On this day we defeated ISIS in Iraq, and on the same day, Nadia won her prize as an ISIS survivor,” said Khayria Murad, Nadia’s sister and also a survivor from ISIS. “This is a blow for ISIS and for our enemy. We are very pleased and very proud.”

“We are pleased to defend people who have been persecuted and oppressed without committing any sin,” said Hadi Murad, Nadia’s brother. “The Yazidi people along with others were betrayed, but the Yazidis suffered the most.”

In her acceptance in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Monday, Nadia expressed hope that those who committed crimes against her, her family and her people can be brought to justice.

“The fact remains that the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals,” she said on Monday. “For me, justice does not mean killing all of the people who commit these crimes against us.”

A UN investigation, which began its work in August earlier this year after approval from the UN Security Council, will increase its scope in 2019 to include supporting domestic efforts on the ground that will collect and preserve evidence of acts of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed by ISIS against the Yazidi people.

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