A rare and riveting firsthand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors.
In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence.
©2015 Firada Abbas and Claudia Andrea Hoffman. Published by agreement with Barbara J. Zitwer Agency and Ariadne-Buch. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc
"Farida Khalaf's story is harrowing but crucial - especially when it comes to understanding what ISIS actually is and does." (Glamour)
this was a great book it was the first one that I have read like it. I usually just read true crime stories so this was a little different and I don't regret it one bit.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Shattering, eye-opening story of a young woman facing down the greatest evil of our age with grace, dignity and incredible courage.
Could NOT put this book down. Outstanding.
Farida's captivity is frightening and brutal beyond words. Her inner strength is contagious and with that courage she saved other young women. She has effectively pulled back the curtain of radical Muslims and the light she put on them will not be forgotten. This is a must-read!
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A well written and narrated story that keeps you glued to your audio book. You ask yourself how brutal man can be.
I would recommend this book to everyone - it's a story that needs to be heard and shared, as so many people are still suffering, and so many of us have unfortunate stereotypes against the "Middle East". It was shocking and sad to listen to, and at times I felt such rage against her captors. I think back to where I was (in such a privileged world) while this young woman was being abducted and held prisoner two years ago. I remember hearing about this crisis and some news about the sexual slavery, but news does little to impact real change, IMO. I felt sad, then read the next headline. It's stories like these that make the difference - they're personal, from someone of a different culture but not unlike so many other women around the world. As a German, I had judgements about refugees living in Germany, but see it very differently now. We have a responsibility to help those being persecuted, which is at least to share their stories and give them voices, if there is nothing else we can do. Thank you to Farida for her bravery and sharing her story, and thank you to Andrea Hoffmann for bringing the story to us. I will not forget this.
The horrific part of this story is that it's true, recent and ongoing. Great narration and well told story.
The story is well told by the coauthors. I now fee so much empathy for all refugees and especially for the victims of trafficking.
A must read in this modern day of centuries old cruelty and prejudices.
Very suspenseful and eye-opening story. Such courage shown by Farida. I now feel differently than before I read this book about doing all we can to help the refugees who are threatened and having their lives disrupted by ISIS.
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