The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Yezidi human rights activist, Nadia Murad, for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
The award was announced Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. The recipient is chosen by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament.
Nadia Murad is a 24-year-old Yezidi woman who advocates on behalf of her community and survivors of genocide.
She singled out for rape by ISIS. While held captive, she was bought and sold several times and was sexually and physically abused. Nadia Murad eventually escaped her Isis captors. She was smuggled out of Iraq and in early 2015 went as a refugee to Germany. Later that year she began to campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.
And unlike many victims, she told reporters that she wanted to be named and photographed.
She told her story worldwide, visiting Congress, the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and the United Nations Security to share her experiences. She became the face of the campaign to free the Yazidi people in northern Iraq.
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