Human rights activist Nadia Murad has brought her message of her captivity and sexual abuse to several world bodies, including Congress and the United Nations.
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Who is Nadia Murad, co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize? 

Nadia Murad, co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, was abducted along with thousands of women and girls in 2014 when her northern Iraqi homeland was invaded by ISIS. 

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Murad, 25, was singled out for rape by ISIS. While held captive, she was bought and sold several times and was sexually and physically abused, the BBC reported.

Unlike many victims, she told reporters that she wanted to be named and photographed, The New York Times said.

She told her story worldwide, visiting Congress, the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and the United Nations Security to share her experiences. She became the face of the campaign to free the Yazidi people in northern Iraq.

“She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims,” the Nobel committee said Friday.

In 2016, Murad was named the United Nations’ first goodwill ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. 

She has told her story in her recent autobiography, “The Last Girl.”

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