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Yazidi activist Nadia Murad wins Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Nadia Murad
Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, jointly won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

ISIS jihadists abducted Murad and other Yazidi women in August 2014 as they raided their home village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq.

In 2016, Murad was awarded the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize and the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel human rights prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee also announced Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns (around $1 million), will be presented in Oslo on December 10.

The nominations for 2018 Nobel peace prize are the second highest ever, next only to 676 in 2016. As many as 98 peace prizes have been announced with 131 winners.