Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived being gang raped in ISIS captivity, has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize at the Council of Europe. Abducted as a young Yazidi woman along with her siblings and her mother from their village in northern Iraq more than two years ago, she was barely in her 20s. She was separated from her family, beaten and sexually assaulted.
Ever she escaped from the ISIS, Nadia has campaigned to draw the world’s attention to the plight of Yazidis women being held as sex slaves by the Islamic State. Describing the horrors that the Yazidis have to go through under ISIS, she called for special court to judge crimes committed against Yazidis, which she described as ‘genocide’.
Yazidi women are sold several times as a sex slaves to multiple terrorists and are subjected to sexual and physical abuse. It has been revealed that the ISIS militants forced captives to pray to Allah and then raped them. Around 5,000 women have been abducted by Islamic State fighters, it has been estimated.