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Iraq nominates Yezidi woman Nadia Murad for Nobel prize

By Rudaw 5/1/2016
Nadia Murad addressing the UN Security Council about her experience as an ISIS captive and the plight of Yezidi Kurds. Photo: UNTV
Nadia Murad addressing the UN Security Council about her experience as an ISIS captive and the plight of Yezidi Kurds. Photo: UNTV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Nadia Murad, a Yezidi woman who escaped the clutches of Islamic State (ISIS) militants and went on to highlight the plight of women kidnapped and enslaved by the group,  was officially nominated by Iraq on Tuesday for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We are proud of nominating this Iraqi girl to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and we ask the public opinion and associated organizations to support her because she deserves to win,” the Iraqi government said in a statement announcing the nomination.

“She is the symbol of women’s struggle against the dark forces aiming to degrade women,” read the statement. "Nadia talked about the plight of Yezidi women abducted by ISIS, and she asked the international community to rescue a record number of 3,400 Yezidi girls and women from the hands of ISIS," it added.

Murad was kidnapped by ISIS along with thousands of other girls and women, when the predominantly Yezidi city of Shingal fell to ISIS in August 2014. She has traveled around the world to shed light on ISIS atrocities against the Yezidi religious minority.

Murad delivered her personal story at the UN Security Council last December.

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KurdIstan | 5/1/2016
"Iraqi woman" Go hang yourself. She's kurdish
Help the Yezidis | 5/1/2016
That is a wonderful sign for the this brave woman. Beyond it is a sign to the world not to forget these 3.400 enslaved Yezidi girls and women, who will suffer every day they live...
Dutchman | 5/1/2016
Thank you, Iraqi government for nominating Nadia Murad. She deserves the Nobel Prize.
Barwari | 5/1/2016
She is Kurd and only in your evil arab DNA such crime could be commited in 2015. Nadia you are a strong girl and our thoughts is with you and all our beloved yezidi sisters who are still missing. Whether you win the price or not be sure that our beloved yezidis have won the price of courage and humanity. One thing is sure though if any price was given for brutality and inhumanity the Arab race would be the champion of the world.
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 5/1/2016
She is a symbol of suffering ,and we must be proud of her brave soul.

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