Nobel Peace Prize 2018 awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare

Nadia Murad, a prominent Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of ISIS gender-based violence, delivers remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., 22 February 2016. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Nadia Murad, a prominent Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of ISIS gender-based violence, delivers remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., 22 February 2016. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We would like to express our delight that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, campaigners against rape in warfare, as well as the media profile that this award has received.

Dr. Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.

Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by ‘Daesh’ (so-called ‘Islamic State’ or ISIS), has spoken out openly and frankly about her experiences as a captive of Daesh, and has been a leading voice in bringing to international attention the atrocities committed by Daesh against religious minorities.

“Persecution of minorities must end. We must work together with determination — to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the perpetrators and justice for the survivors.”

Nadia Murad

In a statement, Nadia Murad said that many Yazidis would “look upon this prize and think of family members that were lost, are still unaccounted for, and of the 1,300 women and children, which remain in captivity.

“For myself, I think of my mother, who was murdered by Daesh, the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honour them.

“Persecution of minorities must end. We must work together with determination — to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the perpetrators and justice for the survivors.”

Christian aid charity the Barnabas Fund has repeatedly highlighted the sufferings of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities at the hands of Daesh.

You can find the BBC’s reportage of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Mukweke and Ms. Murad here.

 

 

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