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Nadia Murad: I am committed to being voice for those with no voice

Nadia Murad
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad

Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said that no one prize or one person could solve all the problems of torture or genocide, insisting that everyone should help restore life to devastated cities, women and children, and that governments must stop sexual violence and punish the perpetrators.

"We must work together to stop genocide and provide justice for the victims, in particular the rapes committed by ISIS," Murad told a news conference in Washington, adding, "We must commit ourselves to rebuilding communities, so we have to resettle them in safe places or secure their areas to return to them."

"Our humanity must be the basis for reconciliation and we must work to build a world of justice. Today I am committed to being a voice for those who have no voice, to stand with those who seek justice," she stated.

On Friday, Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Murad, 25, is an Iraqi Kurdish Yazidi human rights activist from Sinjar who survived sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. About 3,000 Iraqi girls and women are the victims of rape and other abuses at the hands of the terrorist organization.