A “Woman Crush Wednesday” post wouldn’t even begin to explain the amount of adoration we have for Amal Clooney and her commitment to justice for Nadia Murad and the Yazidi people of Iraq, an ancient religious group targeted by ISIS. Responsible for the genocide of over 5,000 Yazidis, the terror group still have at least 3,000 held captive and are set on wiping out the peaceful religious group entirely.
Amal Clooney agreed to take on the case against ISIS when she met Nadia, a 23 year old woman who survived three months of brutality and rape before escaping on her own. These two courageous women are working together to get the crimes committed by ISIS commanders against the Yazidis, which include the enslaving of the Yazidis, rape, and murder, prosecuted in International Criminal Court. The ICC was established in 2002 to prosecute crimes against humanity, but because Syria and Iraq are not members, the court says it cannot investigate unless Iraq invites it in or the U.N. Security Council sanctions and investigation (NBC News).
Making a claim against a major global terror group can be a very risky and scary move, but Amal speaks with such elegance and poise when she says, “I don’t think anyone can feel that they’re being courageous compared to what Nadia’s doing and what all the women who’ve suffered what Nadia’s suffered are doing.” Being a human right’s lawyer, this is what she works so hard to accomplish, to better our world and hold those who commit horrendous crimes like this accountable.
Aside from the danger Amal may be putting herself in, Nadia has put herself in an extremely risky spot as well. She is receiving death threats from ISIS, and has lost her mother, along with six brothers and a niece at the hand of the terror group. “Yes, I put my own life at risk, but I didn’t have a life without giving hope to other victims,” Nadia said. It’s that kind of bravery and longing for justice that has nominated her for a Nobel Peace Prize, and recently named her a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.
Amal has said, “I think the international community should be ashamed that they haven’t done more for the Yazidis,” and that “It’s been harrowing to hear the testimony of girls as young as 11 and 12 talk about whats happened to them. And still we haven’t been able to do anything about it.” Between these two and the support they are gathering on a global level, we anxiously await what they will be able to accomplish.
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We will be following this incredible story as it unfolds, but for now, Amal and Nadia, you both inspire us. Keep following STRITA for weekly inspiration. xx