ABOUT NADIA MURAD, Iraq, victim and activist
Nadia Murad Basee (born March 10,
1993) is a Yazidi human rights activist. Since September 16, 2016, she
is the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of the
Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings. Murad Basee was abused as a sex
slave by Islamic State (IS) and after her flight to Europe became a
spokeswoman for the victims of the systematic use of sexual violence by
IS against women. She drew attention to the fate of the Yazidis in Iraq,
a religious minority that is the victim of the genocide of the Yazidis
by IS terrorists. On 3 August 2014, all men were killed by IS in Kocho
near Sinjar and all young women were resold and exploited several times.
Murad Basee lost six brothers that way. Her mother was also murdered,
along with 80 older women who had no sexual value for IS. In November
2014, Murad Basee was able to escape from IS territory to a refugee camp
in northern Iraq and then to Germany. On December 16, 2015, she gave a
haunting testimony at the United Nations Security Council's first-ever
hearing on human trafficking.
On January 5, 2016, Murad Basee was nominated by the Iraqi government as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian MP Audun Lysbakken supported the nomination, counting her as one of the contenders.
On October 10, 2016, she received the Vaclav Havel Prize for Human Rights from the Council of Europe. She was awarded the European Union Sakharov Prize in 2016 together with Lamiya Aji Bashar. Parliament Speaker Martin Schulz justified the choice on the basis that <show us that their struggle has not been in vain and that we are ready to help them in their struggle against the hardship and brutality perpetrated by this so-called Islamic State where many people are exposed to>. In 2018 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege. They were recognized for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.>>
translation from Dutch to English: Gino d'Artali
Jinha - Womens News Agency
March 22, 2023
<<Journalists in Shengal follow in footsteps of Nujiyan Erhan
Shengal (Sinjar)- Journalists advocating the free press made the genocide committed against the Yazidi community on August 3, 2014 in Shengal heard all around the world. Nujiyan Erhan was one of these journalists. She was targeted while trying to be the voice of the Yazidi women. On March 3, 2017, journalist Nujiyan Erhan was injured in the attack carried out by the forces of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) while covering a clash that broke out in the Xanesor town of Shengal. She was taken to the Hasakah Hospital; however, she died at the hospital on March 22.
In an interview with NuJINHA, journalists Emira Zozan and Suham Şengali told the struggle of Nujiyan Erhan.
Emira Zozan talked about how the free press played an important role in making the voices of the Yazidi community heard all around the world.
<First of all, I commemorate all the martyrs of the revolution, particularly the guerrillas who fought without stopping in Shengal. Six years have passed since Nujiyan was martyred. When Heval (English: Comrade) Nujiyan headed for the Shengal mountains in 2015, Yazidi women were in great pain. Heval Nujiyan went to Shengal to make the tragedy suffered by Yazidi women in the genocide heard all around the world,> Emira Zozan said.
'She became the voice of Yazidi women'
Recalling that Yazidi women were confined to home before the genocide due to the intimidating and enslaving policies of the Iraqi state and KDP, Emira Zozan said, <Women were oppressed because they were seen as only housewives, domestic workers. Going outside was a sin for women. After the genocide, the tragedy suffered by women doubled. A Strong struggle could help women to overcome the trauma suffered by them. The struggle waged in Shengal Mountains and plains gave hope to Yazidi women and community. Nujiyan was a part of this struggle. She shared the pain and suffering of the Yazidi women and became the voice of Yazidi women.>
'She reported the genocide committed against the Yazidi community'
Underlining that Nujiyan always listened to Yazidi women taking shelter in mountains, Emira Zozan said, <Heval Nujiyan always listened to Yazidi women in order to tell their stories. She managed to be the friend of all women. Especially mothers loved her friendship. We follow in the footsteps of Nujiyan, she is a role model for us.> Recalling the attack that killed Nujiyan, Emira Zozan said, <The Peshmerga forces, who left the Yazidi community alone in the genocide, returned to occupy Shengal. Heval Nujiyan was targeted by the KDP Peshmerga forces. If Heval Nujiyan and her comrades had not been there, probably no one would know what had happened to the Yazidi community in the genocide. However, they managed to make the voices of the Yazidi community heard all around the world.>
'Journalists are still subjected to attacks'
<In Shengal, journalists are still subjected to the attacks of the KDP,> Emira Zozan said, <In order to intimidate and scare us; they attack and threaten us, journalists. They try to prevent us from reporting the truth by using many methods. The KDP shares the names of the Yazidi women, who speak to journalists, on social media platforms. The aim of the KDP is to break the will of Yazidi women by sharing their names. But the enemy has failed because we have values left by our colleagues. We are stronger with these values. The enemy must know very well that there are dozens of Yazidi women, who want to follow in the footsteps of Nujiyan.>
'A special war has been waged against the Yazidi community'
Suham Şengali also talked about the struggle waged by Nujiyan for the Yazidi women. <Nujiyan and her colleagues played an important role in making the voices of Yazidi women heard all around the world,> she said, <A special war has been waged against the Yazidi community. Nujiyan and her colleagues made great efforts to report on this special war against the Yazidis. Heval Nujiyan Erhan was targeted while reporting on the betrayal and invasion. Today, journalists face obstacles and they are also targeted while reporting the truth in four parts of Kurdistan. The attacks on journalists aim to cover up the truth. Many of our colleagues such as Heval Deniz and Heval Rızgar were killed while reporting the truth. The mentality that attacks the values of people targets journalists because it does not want its true face to be revealed. As Yazidi women, we will always follow in the footsteps of Nujiyan.>>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - April 20, 2023
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and Cryfreedom.net - 2022
also an interview with her taken on 11 Noveber 2022
<<Nobel laureate Nadia Murad: 'Sexual violence does not go away when war is over'
Speech of Dr. Denis Mukwege about
sexual violence in Congo | European Parlaiment
The Mukwege Foundation
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
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