Abid Shamdeen and Nadia Murad

Yazidi Survivor of Brutal Assaults Set to Marry Man Who Helped Her Escape


BERLIN — Nadia Murad, who was captured and brutally gang-raped by Islamic State militants in Iraq is set to marry the US Army interpreter who helped her escape.

New Delhi: Nadia Murad, the Yazidi woman who was subjected to brutal sexual torture by Islamic State (IS) kidnappers in Iraq is set to marry the US Army interpreter who helped her escape the ISIS captivity. The Yazidi sex slave, who was brutally gang-raped by IS members in 2014, will be tying a knot with Abid Shamdeen, who once worked as an interpreter for the US Army in Iraq.

Nadia Murad testifying about the horrors she endured

“Yesterday was a special day for @AbidShamdeen & I. We are very thankful and humbled for all the wishes & support from our family & friends. The struggle of our people brought us together & we will continue on this path together. Thank you for your support everyone!” Murad said on Twitter on Monday, August 21.

Murad was kidnapped in Northern Iraq at the age of 21 by the Islamic State militants who brutally assaulted her and repeatedly gang-raped her. Following a daring escape she jumped over the wall of her captor’s house and she was later offered asylum in Germany.

While her horrifying ordeal and the daring escape made her the face of women who have been captured by IS, Murad returned to run a group which aims to rebuild the Sinjar region. Today, she is the goodwill ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

According to reports as many as 7000 women have been kidnapped and subjected to atrocities by ISIS fighters in Iraq.

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