Yazidi children hold pictures of Nadia Murad, who won the Nobel Peace prize, in Duhok, Iraq October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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An Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Daesh (ISIS) militants said she hoped winning the Nobel Peace Prize would put the spotlight back on the plight of her people.Nadia Murad, who became the face of a global campaign to free the Yazidis, was Friday named as a winner of the 2018 prize alongside Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Murad was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Daesh in Mosul where she was tortured and raped.Yazidi pilgrims meanwhile trekked up a mountain in northern Iraq barefoot Friday for their most important ritual, their joy doubled on hearing that their "daughter" Nadia Murad had won.Amal Clooney, legal counsel to Murad and to Yazda, a nonprofit organization that represents Yazidi survivors, said the prize sent a message that survivors of sexual violence must not be ignored and their abusers must be held to account.
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