Mukwege was operating when Nobel Prize news reached him

A woman is rescued by SOS Mediterranee in August during a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Reuters

A woman is rescued by SOS Mediterranee in August during a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Reuters

"But I didn't only cry out of sadness", he said. She tweeted a link to the Nobel announcement, saying "the timing of this topic is extraordinary as we fight for the end of #ViolenceAgainstWomen".

After escaping three months in captivity, Murad took the unlikely path of becoming a spokeswoman for her people and other survivors of sexual violence.

Her nightmare began when the jihadists stormed her village in northern Iraq in August 2014.

In the soon to be released documentary "On Her Shoulders", Nobel Peace Prize victor Nadia Murad says she didn't want to become known as a "victim of Daesh terrorism".

Murad told the United Nations two years ago that she wasn't brought up to give speeches or address heads of state, but "everything changed" after the invasion of her village by the jihadists on August 3, 2014.

She was captured alongside her sisters and lost six brothers and her mother.

She was "given to more than 10" ISIS fighters, Murad later recalled, and passed around to be sexually abused, sometimes hourly.

Bombach confessed it was sometimes "very depressing" to consider what Murad faced, with very intimate and clinical questions from some media about what IS subjected her to.

Murad is a victim of sexual violence perpetrated by the Islamic State, or ISIS, which has persecuted the Yazidi minority group to which she belongs. "He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticised the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war".

When news came in that this year's Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to former ISIS captive Nadia Murad and Congolese physician Dr. Denis Mukwege, I realised just how powerful media can be. At the age of 23, she was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. "We must not only imagine a better future for women, children and persecuted minorities, we must work consistently to make it happen - prioritizing humanity, not war", another part read. Brown's home. She was like no other young woman I had ever met.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee paid tribute to both saying the pair "put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crime and seeking justice for victims".

The Yazidis numbered around 550,000 in Iraq before 2014, but some 100,000 have since left the country.

Nadia Murad escaped Islamic State abuse and has battled those crimes since.

And she and the Yazidis have won a high-profile supporter - Lebanese-British lawyer and rights activist Amal Clooney, who also penned the foreword to Murad's book, "The Last Girl", published in 2017.

In fact, he has been in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize for ten years, according to sources close to the secretive shortlisting process.

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