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Former ISIS Captive To Share Story At SHSU

Nov. 11, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Dawine Bergeron

On Aug. 15, 2014, Nadia Murad’s life was changed forever when ISIS attacked her quiet agricultural village in Kocho, Iraq.

Nadia Murad has testified before the United Nations and shared her story with audiences around the globe. —Photo from

Six of her nine brothers and stepbrothers were executed on the spot, and Murad was taken, along with her two sisters and thousands of other men, women and children.

Murad will discuss her powerful story of capture, torture and escape on Nov. 17, when she visits the Sam Houston State University as the guest speaker for the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy.

The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

In total, Murad lost 18 family members, the majority of whom have been killed, though some may still be held active, according to her website. 

After being separated from her family and being taken away from the only home that she had ever known, the then 19-year-old Murad was enslaved, beaten and sexually abused.

After many failed attempts, Murad successfully escaped in November 2014 after one of her captors left his house unlocked, according to Time magazine.

Following her escape, Murad was transported to a refugee camp and then immigrated to Germany.

Now 21, Murad is able to share her story with the assistance of Yazda, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Yazidi survivors and defends rights of marginalized ethnical and religious minorities.

She has testified before the United Nations and shared her story with audiences around the globe. She is also a Nobel Prize nominee and was featured as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the global center at 936.294.2508 or


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