Nadia Murad Basee Taha, left, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Yazidi survivor of trafficking at the hands of ISIS, with Amal Clooney, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and legal representative for Yazidi survivors, during the high-level event on “The Fight Against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice” on March 9, 2017, in New York. (UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney Vow to Take ISIS to Court

She wore a scarf in our first interview because she did not want you to know her. She was a humble 21-year-old from a poor farm family. Her dream was to own a hair salon in her village of nearly 2,000, but that was before the massacre. She didn’t want to be on 60 Minutes, but she needed the world to know what ISIS did: the murder, the rape, the genocide of her people. Nearly six years ago, in Iraq, we discovered this hesitant, frightened, woman. We did not imagine that her scarf concealed not only her identity, but also a fierce invincibility which would lead her, four years after our interview, to the highest honor the world has to give.

We found her here, among refugees who survived the invasion of the ISIS terrorist army. Her people are Yazidis, a minority in northern Iraq that is poor, persecuted and bound by faith to its revered Mount Sinjar. In 2014, ISIS invaded. Two months later, we came to report on the atrocities of the self-described Islamic State.

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