• Nadia Murad Basee Taha was appointed as UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking 
  • She survived physical and sexual abuse by the IS fighters in 2014
  • She said she’s a lucky one because she found a way to escape
  • She called for the release of the women who are still being held as captives by the IS

The United Nations (UN) appointed Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived the terrors of being abused by the Islamic State (IS) fighters, as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking

According to an article written by Suyin Haynes for Time, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that Murad’s appointment on Friday, September 17, is the first time that a survivor of atrocities has been awarded this distinction.

Murad was among the 5000 Yazidi women who were taken prisoner by the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014.

She was subjected to physical and sexual abuse and bought and sold multiple times.

“I was used in the way that they wanted to use me. I was not alone. Perhaps I was the lucky one. As time passed, I found a way to escape where thousands others could not. They are still captive,” she said during the induction ceremony at the New York United Nations Headquarters.

In November 2014, she was able to escape after her captor left the house unlocked. A neighbouring family took her in and smuggled her out of the IS controlled area.

Murad immigrated to Germany where she received medical attention and reunited with other survivors

She became an advocate for victims of the IS in Iraq. She was also named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016.

She called for the release of the thousands of other Yazidi women and girls who are still being held as captives by IS fighters.

She expressed that her real fear is that once the fight is over, the IS fighters will just shave off their beards and walk the streets of the cities as if nothing as happened.

“We cannot let this happen,” she emphasized.