WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.
On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.
Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Today, Nadia's story—as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.
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"This audiobook is a harrowing account of the ISIS targeting of the Yazedi people, particularly the women, as written by one of the survivors. Ilyana Kadushin narrates in a respectful, somber tone that belies the strength of the author. At a measured pace, she pays tribute to the many who were subjected to unspeakable atrocities, including the abduction and murder of family members, as well as sexual violence. Listeners should be aware that this is not a title to play when young or sensitive ears are present. Many will find the details disturbing, but those who can stand the descriptions of traumatic experiences will be bearing witness on behalf of Nadia Murad and hundreds like her. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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