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On Friday, October 5, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it had decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Murad recounts her extraordinary story in her memoir, The Last Girl. Because she is a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, she was abducted and enslaved by the Islamic State in 2014, when she was twenty-one years old. The members of her village, including Murad’s mother and six of her brothers, were executed by ISIS militants if they refused to convert to Islam or were deemed too old to be sold into the slave trade. (more…)

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