The Courage and Tenacity of Nadia Murad
By now, millions of people will have heard the name of the young Yazidi woman, Nadia Murad, who was the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege. The Prize recognized Murad, a 25-year-old survivor of captivity and sexual violence at the hands of the Islamic State, for her campaign to expose IS brutalities and end the use of rape as a weapon of war. After escaping her captors in 2014, she become a champion for the rights of women and the Yazidi people, bringing the plight of a little-known ethnic minority to the attention of world leaders and the global media. Today, her name might be mentioned in the same breath as other well-known female activists such as Malala Yousafzai.
Yet the Murad portrayed in the new, Sundance-acclaimed film, On Her Shoulders, is one who holds her fame loosely, even skeptically. [Read More At The Nation]