Iraq's newly elected president Barham Salih congratulated on Friday Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by ISIS in Iraq who jointly won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
“I made a phone call with Murad and congratulated her on winning the Nobel Peace Prize,” Salih stated.
He staid that, "Nadia's honor reflects the world's recognition of Yazidis tragedy and all victims of terrorism in Iraq,” asserting that this honor is considered an appreciation for Iraqi's courage and perseverance in fighting terrorism and extremism."
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.