Years after the start of the genocide on the Yazidi, more than 200 000 people are still displaced in Iraqi camps.

Many of them are women and children. Khairi Murad is the sister of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad. This is her story.

My name is Khairi Murad, and I am Nadia's sister.
The Yazidi are displaced in different camps in Iraq. Khairi Murad is located in one of them in northern Iraq.
From 15 August 2014 until 24 January 2015, I was a prisoner of ISIL.
"We were four sisters and 12 brothers. Nadia was the youngest. Before the genocide in 2014, she was a student."
"In the 2014 genocide, when our village Kocho in northern Iraq was destroyed, I lost six brothers and my mother."
On 15 August, ISIL gathered us in a school and took all the women and children to the second floor of the school building. They took all the men to the outskirts of the village and killed them.

More than 5 000 Yazidi were executed by ISIL
between 2014 and 2016.

The next day, ISIL sold us, forced us into their black cars, and took us away. Nadia and I were sold separately as slaves.

Many of the women who were taken as slaves made several attempts to escape.

I visited our village after my escape. I went to the place where the women had been slaughtered. They were all buried together.
In some areas you could see the remains of women’s hair. I didn’t know which of the remains belonged to my mother.
What has been done cannot be undone.
I pray to God for justice.

In 2021, more than 200 000 Yazidi are still living
in refugee camps in Iraq.

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