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Iraqi President welcomes Nobel Peace Prize winner Murad

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 laureate Nadia Murad delivers her speech during the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Ceremony in Oslo Town Hall, Oslo, on Dec 10, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
President Barham Saleh received Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a survivor of sex slavery by ISIS, on Wednesday at Al-Salam Palace in Baghdad.

The meeting comes a day after Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.

Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. She became an activist on behalf of women and girls after escaping and finding refuge in Germany.

She arrived in Baghdad from Stockholm on Wednesday, and was received by President Barham Salih and other dignitaries.

In her Nobel lecture, Murad urged world leaders to put an end to sexual violence. She said "the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals."

The 25-year-old shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the Democratic Republic of Congo's war-torn east.

Nobel committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen said the pair were "two of the strongest voices in the world today".