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In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in Northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.

On August 15, 2014, when Nadia was just 21 years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the IS slave trade.

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

Today, Nadia's story - as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi - has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

©2017 Nadia Murad (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A Heartbreaking Tale of Survival and Hope

One of the most common refrains I hear as an American is this: "The Middle Easterners have been killing themselves and each other for thousands of years. There is nothing we can do about it but let them do it." That is a statement people made when the Nazi's marched through Europe, and for many years religious based genocide was ignored. Reading this book demonstrates the monster that is Isis, and that their reach is far more vast and frightening than we can even begin to realize. This text is an absolute must read for anyone who cares about the political world and religious freedom at all. It will forever change you as it has me.

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Staggering truth

This was hard to read. The suffering is and was great, yet we know so little of the plight of the Yazidi people. The news doesn't give enough attention to the issue.

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A brutal story by a brave girl

I feel like I understand the situation in Iraq and surrounding areas better. If this had been a paper copy I would not have finished it; it’s a brutal story. I just hope that the money I paid for this audio book helps Nadia.
When I put my healthy, happy kids to bed tonight I will count my blessings.