Nobel laureate and former extremist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq on Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) group.
The 25-year-old, the first Iraqi to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, made the appeal during a visit to Baghdad.
“I’m very happy because three years ago I left Iraq physically and mentally exhausted. Today I’ve returned with a Nobel Peace Prize hoping it brings peace to Iraq,” she said during a meeting with President Barham Saleh.
She called on Iraqi authorities to “build a specialised team to work with the international anti-extremist coalition on the fate of Yazidis kidnapped by IS.”
Murad was jointly awarded the Nobel prize in Oslo on Monday with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for her work to highlight the plight of Iraq’s Yazidis.
Like thousands of other Yazidi women and girls, Murad was abducted by IS in 2014 as the extremists overran the minority’s stronghold of Sinjar in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria.
They were held captive, tortured, raped and sold as sexual slaves by the extremists.
More than 3,000 Yazidis are still missing, probably still held as captives, according to Murad.
IS captured large swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in 2014, proclaiming a “caliphate” in land it controlled.
The extremists have since lost most of their territory to offensives by multiple forces in both countries, retreatin
g to desert holdouts.