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Islamic State Sex Slavery Survivor Nadia Murad is now UN Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking

Nadia was part of the non-Muslim Yazidi community which was stormed by Jihadis

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ISIS sex slave. Wikimedia
  • Nadia Murad’s family was murdered by ISIS in 2014 and she was sold into sex slavery
  • She escaped and fled to Germany and bravely told her story to the world
  • She also met Amal Clooney and wants to prosecute ISIS for crimes against humanity

Sept 16, 2016: A courageous Iraqi woman, Nadia Murad who survived life as an ISIS sex slave took hold of a UN position to emphasize and showcase the atrocities that she faced while she was with the terrorist group.

She is Yazidi by origin and she also met her human rights activist lawyer, Amal Clooney, who is an advocate fighting for the thousands of women raped and tortured by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Kurdistan wants to see jihadis in the dock in The Hague on trial for crimes against humanity.

Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer fighting against ISIS Source: Wikimedia Commons
Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer fighting against ISIS. Wikimedia

Nadia met Clooney and regional Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green) in Stuttgart, as she takes on a new role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations on human traffickers.

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Her campaign has already won her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now she plans to tell her story all over the world to highlight the horrible situation of the thousands of sex slaves who have been abused by ISIS.

Nadia was part of the non-Muslim Yazidi community which was stormed by Jihadis.

Six of her eight brothers were murdered in front of her alongside 300 other men from her village before she was snatched and repeatedly raped by ‘countless’ men, several times a day.

Her mother was killed while Nadia and her two sisters and teenage female cousins and nieces, were transported and incarcerated to the ISIS unit at Mosul with more than 150 other girls before being subjected to horrific sexual abuse.

She said she had to ‘take herself off to another world’ as she was viciously raped by the ruthless terrorists.

Nadia was eventually able to escape some three months later, fleeing to the safety of a refugee camp before finding shelter in Germany.

The UN has declared ISIS’ treatment of the Yazidi people as genocide after the terror group has launched a campaign of murder, rape, abuse, and torture against the whole population.

The young girls were even raped as they were transported to Mosul.

Nadia told the United Nations Security Council in December: “Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us. They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts.”

“One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster”, she added.

Nadia’s two sisters also survived the nightmare- one is with her in Germany while her other sister is in a refugee camp in Iraq with her two surviving brothers.

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In May, the brave survivor issued a chilling warning to the United States Senate, asserting over the fact that ISIS would continue to be a deadly threat to America unless the terror group is completely wiped out.

While speaking to the Senate Homeland Security Committee in June, Nadia said that US could expect further violence such as the attack in Orlando while the ISIS ideology continues to exist and prevail.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council last December, Nadia described the maltreatment of the Yazidi people face under ISIS, which trades women and children from the minority population as ‘war booty’.

‘Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again,’ she said as she recounted her story.

She has also pleaded the UK to take in more refugees in their countries after she was one of 1,000 offered shelter in Germany after they reached the refugee camp.

The UN said that Murad’s position in UN will focus on encouragement initiatives and to raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially the refugees, women and girls.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador Samantha Power and attorney for Murad, Amal Clooney, will attend Murad’s induction ceremony at the UN later.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from several agencies. Twitter: @NoOffense9

  • Yokeshwari Manivel

    This girls should get justice before law and they all should have given there right to life and harsh steps towards the terrorism should be take to save many innocent girls not only of muslim community also all women who are subjected to sexual abuse should get justice in the eyes of law.

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UN Wildfire Conference To Focus On Ecological Connectivity

The theme of the UN wildlife conference will be 'Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home'

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UN wildfire conference will focus on ecological connectivity. Pixabay

The theme of a major UN wildlife conference dedicated to migratory species in India early next year will be ‘Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home’, it was announced in Bonn on Tuesday.

Under this theme, governments, scientists, conservation groups and wildlife experts will gather at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP13) due to take place in Gandhinagar in Gujarat from February 15 to 22.

The theme was announced by CMS Acting Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel and Inspector General of Forest at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Soumitra Dasgupta during COP13 preparatory meetings currently underway in Bonn.

Throughout their life cycles and migration ranges, migratory animals depend on a functioning network of connected habitats across countries and continents to breed, feed and rest.

The COP13 theme highlights the importance of ecological connectivity to better protect migratory wildlife and their habitats.

Ecological connectivity is the unimpeded movement of species and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on earth.

The loss and fragmentation of habitat are the key threats to migratory animals across the world. They are also considered to be the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide with climate change exacerbating these effects.

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This UN conference will focus on migratory species. Pixabay

In a world that faces a continuous decline in biodiversity with migratory animals being a key component, ecological connectivity is essential to halt and reverse this trend.

The CMS has called for the concept of connectivity to be integrated into the new Global Biodiversity Framework, which will be adopted at the end of next year in China.

Fraenkel said: “The CMS COP13 is expected to be a milestone for future conservation policy. To save nature in an increasingly fragmented world, the core concept of connectivity needs to be incorporated in global conservation efforts and should be embedded in the new deal for nature.”

Dasgupta said the CMS COP13 would be an important opportunity for India to showcase and demonstrate its leading work and commitment to global wildlife conservation.

“We look forward to welcoming the international delegates to India and to working with them to make the planet a more hospitable place for both migratory animals and people.”

The human footprint has left lasting marks on the planet. Roads, railways, fences and urbanization are increasingly cutting through landscapes and dividing nature.

They interrupt the web of life and prevent migratory animals from completing their essential journeys.

Nevertheless, the world is expected to invest around $90 tn in infrastructure in the next 15 years alone, resulting in more new roads and railways. These obstacles to migration interrupt the natural life cycle of migratory wildlife and pose a lethal danger.

The UN global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services, released by IPBES in May, documented the dramatic decline of biodiversity in all parts of the world.

Without increased action, over 1 million species could face extinction in our lifetimes.

As environmental changes grow, countries around the world need to save and restore natural connections across land and water. These connections enhance resilience to environmental changes such as climate change and support nature and people.

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The UN convention is the only convention that conserves migratory species and their habitats across national boundaries. Pixabay

The CMS brings countries together to shape transboundary policies that ensure the long-term survival of migratory animals across countries and continents.

It is the only convention that conserves migratory species and their habitats across national boundaries.

To be successful, large-scale conservation must consider entire migration systems and the functioning of the migration process itself. The geographic scope goes beyond protected areas or sites subject to other conservation measures, to include an ecological network of areas important for the survival of species.

Preserving large landscapes and seascapes affects many people and requires international collaboration. There is a rapidly growing community of organizations working on large-scale conservation initiatives in landscapes and seascapes built on connectivity.

They connect people and nature across cultures, jurisdictions, and geography.

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The Convention on Migratory Species is working closely with governments, international organizations, conservation groups, and wildlife experts to ensure that connectivity. Conservation will be a central part of future global conservation policy and that the unimpeded movement of species and the flow of natural processes will continue to sustain life on earth for generations to come. (IANS)