A young woman who survived as a sex slave and escaped from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has urged the U.S. House of Representatives to be more aggressive in its efforts to fight the radical terror group.
Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman who was abducted by ISIS militants when she was just 19 years old. For months she was kept as a sex slave but fortunately was able to escape in 2014.
Last Tuesday, June 21, Murad testified in front of the U.S. Congress and recounted the atrocities that she witnessed and experienced first-hand as a captive of the Islamic radical group. She told the story of how her hometown, which is just a small village in north Iraq, was sieged by ISIS militants and how all of the Yazidi women and girls, including herself, were captured and raped by the terrorists. In addition, she also recounted how her whole family, which is her mother and her six brothers, were all executed in just a single day. Murad was able to escape by obtaining a fake Islamic identification card with the help of a Muslim family in Mosul, which is still a territory governed by ISIS.
In her statements, she made it clear that there is a need for U.S. lawmakers to speed up their action in defeating ISIS.
"The USA must act. We must terminate Daesh [ISIS] and all such terror, Daesh will not give up their weapons unless we force them to give up their weapons," she told the U.S. Senate Homeland Security committee through a translator.
Murad indicated that there is a need for America and the rest of the international community to "to establish a safe and protected zone for Iraqi and Syrian religious minorities." This proposal has since been repeatedly vetoed by outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama.