The Last Girl : My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State

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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 15 August 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one 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 ISIS 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.

Details

Author(s)
Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski, Amal Clooney
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
153 x 232 x 24mm | 436g
Publication date
09 Nov 2017
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint
Virago Press Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
16pp B&W plates section
ISBN10
0349009759
ISBN13
9780349009759
Bestsellers rank
19,554