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France pledges to take in 100 Yazidi women after nobel laureate Nadia Murad appeal

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with human rights activist Nadia Murad during a meeting at the Elysee palace in Paris ( ETIENNE LAURENT/AFP/Getty Images )

France has pledged to take in 100 Yazidi women who have suffered at the hands of ISIS and are living in Internally Displaced Persons camps in Iraq.

French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to accept the women after meeting with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human trafficking victim who campaigns to end sexual violence as a weapon of war.

The French president also said France would support a reconstruction fund for the Sinjar region that plans to build hospitals and schools.

Around 130,000, Yazidis were forced to flee to Kurdish areas When ISIS attacked settlements in Sinjar district in northern Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Tens of thousands of members of the community took refuge in the Sinjar mountains, where at least 1,700 people died due to a lack of water, food, shade, and medical equipment.