Yazidi trafficking survivor named UN Goodwill Ambassador

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Nadia Murad Basee Taha (centre) of Iraq named UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking with her attorney, Amal Clooney (Left). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A young Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and trafficked from her Iraqi village of Kocho, Nadia MuradBasee Taha, was named UN Goodwill Ambassador on Friday.

The appointment by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is tapped for the position.

Attorney and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney was at her side during the induction ceremony at the UN on Friday.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Nadia Murad of the minority Yazidi community in Iraq will act as an ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking for UNODC.

Back in 2014, she watched as fighters belonging to the ISIL terrorist group shot six of her brothers and fellow Yazidis in cold blood.

She was also subjected to grave abuses at the hands of these militants and was bought and sold several times.

According to UN investigators, ISIL is committing genocide against the Yazidi people and subjecting them to the "most horrific atrocities".

Here's Ms Murad speaking through an interpreter.

"The Islamic State did not just come to kill our women and girls, but they took us as war bounty, merchandise to be exchanged. These crimes were not committed in an arbitrary fashion; it was an organised planned policy. The Islamic State came with one sole aim:  to destroy the Yazidi identity through forced rape, the recruitment of children and the destruction of all of our temples. All this can only be interpreted as an act of  collective genocide against our collective identity, in particular against Yazidi families.”

She will continue to raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially refugees, women, and girls.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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