Baghdad, Feb 16: 21-year-old Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a Yazidi survivor, who was kept as a sex slave, by ISIS, has shed light on how her family was massacred.
On Jan 5, 2016, the braveheart was nominated for 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, by the Iraqi government. Let us know more about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist.
Nadia was abducted and held captive by ISIS in August 2014. She was kidnapped from Kocho, a village near northern Iraq and was taken inside a building in Mosul, where thousands of Yazidi women and children were held hostages. She managed to escape from the torture of ISIS, after three months.
On Wednesday, she pleaded the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to wipe out Islamic State. Nadia revealed that how six of her brothers and mothers were brutally killed and still 3,400 women are suffering at the hands of ISIS members. Nadia, is now an orphan, who lost her father, few years ago.
Nadia also said that girls as young as nine-year-old, were being sold, rented and assaulted on a daily basis.
While testifying about the plight of Yazidi community, in front of 15-member UNSC's first meeting on human trafficking, in New York City , Nadia was quoted saying as, "Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again."
"He forced me to get dressed and put my makeup on and then that terrible night, he did it. He forced me to serve as part of his military faction, he humiliated me every day."
"That night he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards and then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted," she said. "I implore you, get rid of Daesh (Islamic State) completely", she narrated her horrific ordeal.
Nadia is now living in Germany. Presently, she is in UK, to unite the world against ISIS.
After listening to Nadia's tragic tale, the United Nations has urged the UNSC to take the matter to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
Here is the full text of Nadia's speech:
"We, the women and children were brought by bus to another region. Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us. The took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts. One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.
"I cried. I cried out, I said ‘I'm too young and you're huge.' He hit me. He kicked me and beat me. And a few minutes later, another man came up to me. I still was looking at the floor. I saw that he was a little bit smaller. I begged him. I implored him for him to take me. I was incredibly scared of the first man. The man who took me asked me to change religion. I refused. Then, he asked my hand in marriage, so to speak."
"I said that I was ill because most women were menstruating because the were scared. A few days later, he forced me to get dressed and put makeup on and then that terrible night, he did it. He forced me to serve as part as his military faction. He humiliated me every day. He forced me to wear clothes that didn't cover my body. I was tortured. I treid to flee but one of the guards stopped me. That night, he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards, then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted. "
"Three months after my abduction, I was finally able to escape. I'm currently living in Germany."
Watch video of Nadia speaking with UNSC team: