Author: Nadia Murad
Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
You sure you want to know the truth about ISIS? Read this and find out about inhumane trafficking.
Nadia Murad is a Yazidi who spent her entire life in the village of Kocho in Iraq. She was from a large family who worked as farmers. The families had to be large to have enough children to help work the farms. The more kids you had, the larger of farm you could handle. Still, she went to school and learned the material placed into Iraq’s educational systems, which also wasn’t fully truthful. Yazidis have been persecuted for several years by several different groups. They are different in that they have no holy book such as the koran or a bible, but keep their religion alive by passing stories down between priests for centuries. However, they have also survived alongside Sunni Arabs and Kurds without any problems, until ISIS came. The day they came into town, everything changed. The routes out of town were cut and nobody was allowed to leave. Fear drove people to stay inside their homes, but nothing happened to them until the day they told the people to either convert to Islam or be taken to their holy mountain. Hopeful, everybody came to the schoolhouse to be taken to their holy mountain only to have all of the men and older women slaughtered. Young boys were sent to an ISIS training compound and the young women were forced to become sex slaves for ISIS militants. Nadia was bought, sold, raped, and abused in a sickening cycle that is condoned by the caliphate. Miraculously, She was able to finally escape to safety and tell her story. Nadia has been featured in Time magazine and told her story in front of thousands including the United Nations Security Council.
These are the stories that never make it to the news in the United States. Stories that you can’t believe are true, but know they must be. Stories that make you sick when reading them. Stories that make you cry for the women that have gone through this and are going through this right now. Stories that make you believe in human rights activism because someone told her story. Someone wants it to stop. That someone is Nadia Murad and her story is sad, yet incredible. How this can happen in today/s society is truly bewildering. Living in the United States can be easily taken for granted. News stories are centered around rating points rather than what is going on in the world. Nadia’s story inspires me to make a difference. To help others. To put an end to the violence and sex trafficking.
I hope if Nadia reads this review, she will know she has an ally a world away to fight for her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.