Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was once held by ISIS as a sex slave, testified before the Senate Homeland Security committee about all the horrors she saw and experienced while living under the rule of ISIS.
Murad escaped her captivity in 2014 and now hopes to rally the U.S. to do more to help minorities like Christians and Yazidis in the fight against ISIS in the Middle East.
“The USA must act. We must terminate Daesh (ISIS) and all such terror.”“Daesh will not give up their weapons unless we force them to give up their weapons,” she testified, with the assistance of a translator. “The Yazidi people cannot wait.”Murad called on the U.S. and other countries “to establish a safe and protected zone for Iraqi and Syrian religious minorities,” which President Barack Obama has repeatedly rejected.She also expressed her condolences for the attack in Orlando that left 49 dead but said she was not surprised it happened.
“I knew if ISIS were not stopped, they would deliver their crimes everywhere,” she told lawmakers.Speaking about the Middle East’s Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities, she warned that “if they are not protected they will be wiped out.”…Murad also called on the Islamic community around the world to do more to denounce ISIS.“What has been happening has been happening under the name of Islam,” she said. “The Muslims must be the first ones to resist this … We have not seen that Daesh have been labeled as an infidel group within Islam by any Muslim country.”