Iraq Welcomes Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad

Iraq Welcomes Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018 - 09:15
Nadia Murad speaking in Washington after winning the Nobel Peace prize last week. (AFP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Iraqi activist Nadia Murad is meeting with her country's president in Baghdad after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.

Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by ISIS militants in 2014, AP reported.

"There is no meaning to the Nobel prize without the ongoing work for the sake of peace," Murad told group of community leaders and foreign ambassadors at the presidential palace.

She became an activist on behalf of women and girls after escaping and finding refuge in Germany.

According to AP, Murad arrived in Baghdad from Stockholm on Wednesday, and was received by President Barham Salih and other dignitaries.

In her Nobel speech on Tuesday, she called on world leaders to put an end to sexual violence.

She stressed that "the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals."

President Salih said Murad "embodies the suffering and tragedies Iraqis have gone through in the past and represents the courage and determination to defend rights in the face of the oppressor."

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