WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.
On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.
Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Today, Nadia's story—as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.
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Nadia Murad’s powerfully intimate story of being held captive by the Islamic State left us shaken. Kidnapped at age 21 by ISIS fighters, the young Iraqi woman details the assaults, torture, and repeated rapes she experienced with an unflinching sense of urgency. The Last Girl bears testament to Murad’s indomitable spirit—the most impassioned part of the book follows her escape and her transformation from the survivor of a genocidal atrocity to an outspoken, Nobel Peace Prize–winning activist against sexual violence.
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Thank You Nadia!
This is a wonderful book in many, many ways.
Nadia has shared her life with others many times and I am glad she has been successful in getting it in print.
Heartbreaking and eye opening it is filled with hope.
There was way too much unnecessary information written which made the book hard to follow.
You will sob over a dozen times
Despite this title, you will love this book.
It’s a horrific, gruesome, beautiful and somber story about the author’s life before, during and after being an ISIS captive.
It had myself and other readers in my book club wondering what we were doing or complaining about in 2014. It’s a harsh reality about the war in Iraq, but plants a burning seed in yourself to want to learn more about history in the Middle East.
You will want to fight Nadia’s fight right alongside her. You will weep. You will count your blessings. And a fire will be lit inside of you.