Tell the truth. Commit to “It’s all of us.”
This week, the author and human rights activist Nadia Murad — a survivor of horrific sexual, social, and psychological abuse suffered after she was kidnapped in 2014 by operatives of the so-called Islamic State — was named one of the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
After enduring three months of torture, Murad escaped her captors and eventually founded Nadia’s Initiative, a group dedicated to “helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities.” She wants to track down ISIS leaders and put them on trial for human rights violations. She has been named a special UN Ambassador for the Dignity of for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. In announcing the award, the Nobel committee cited Murad for putting her “own personal security at risk by courageously combatting war crimes and securing justice for victims.” That’s a diplomatic way of saying that the articles and books Murad writes, the speeches she gives, and the justice she seeks, all make extremists want to kill her. She tells the truth anyway, on behalf of the thousands of victims of human trafficking in Iraq, and the hundreds of thousands worldwide. She has emerged as their leader – their voice.