Amal Clooney Introduces ISIS Human Trafficking Survivor & raises awareness!
In the past we’ve done articles on Human Trafficking and what a huge issue it is all over the world. We’re glad that people are starting to open their ears and hear the problem. Amal Clooney gave an absolute emotional speech at the United Nations at human-trafficking panel, Friday (September 16, 2016) in New York City.
The 38-year-old is a human rights lawyer and profound activist. She’s also married to George Clooney who has been known to stand up for human rights as well. He’s a well-known activist in the community because of how strongly he feels about all subjects that put people at risk or in the way of harm.
Amal Clooney introduced her client Nadia Murad Basee who is a Yazidi ISIS human-trafficking survivor. And that’s an amazing fact because most people who are trafficked men and woman don’t make it out alive. They are told the police will arrest them, told they will be framed, they are stripped of their identity and not given money. They are barely given the necessities to survive because they are nothing less than object while they serve as modern day slaves.
Nadia was captured in Northern Iraq in 2014. After she was captured, they used her as a modern day slave to perform sexual services. But she was fortunate enough to escape. Can you believe that she was only one of 5,000 women abducted by ‘a fighters group.” These groups sweep through Iraq territories and abduct the vulnerable. Many of the woman who are abducted are then sold as what’s called “sabia,” or slaves.
The slaves that have survived and escaped revealed gang-rapes, beatings, being passed around like an object and even starvation.
Nadia Murad has been through hell and back in her life because human-trafficking wasn’t the only trial she has had to face. Her mother and six brothers were captured with 600 others and murdered by ISIS after her capture.
Nadia has been appointed as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Goodwill Ambassador. I’m pretty sure she’s going to do an amazing job because she can relate. People who can relate or who have been through trails can better help others get through their trials.
Amal’s speech was quite emotional. She expressed complete disappointment in the UN because it’s “failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find their own interests get in the way.” She said:
“Her brothers were part of a group of 600 murdered in a single day. Make no mistake: what Nadia has told us about is genocide, and genocide doesn’t happen by accident. You have to plan it.
“Before the genocide began two years ago, the Isis resurgence fatwa department studied the Yazidis, and concluded that as a Kurdish-speaking group that did not have a holy book, they were non-believers whose enslavement was a ‘firmly established aspect of sharia’. This is why, according to Isis’ warped morality, only Yazidis, unlike other minority groups, can be systematically raped.
“Isis even released a pamphlet entitled ‘Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves’ to provide more guidelines, [answering questions like]: ”is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty.” [The answer was yes.]
“This is the first time I have spoken in this chamber. I wish I could say I’m proud to be here but I am not. I am ashamed as a supporter of the United Nations that states are failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find that their own interests get in the way.
“I am ashamed as a lawyer that there is no justice being done and barely a complaint being made about it. I am ashamed as a woman that girls like Nadia could have their bodies sold and used as battlefields.
“I am ashamed as a human being that we ignore their cries for help. We know that what we have before us is genocide, and we know that it is still ongoing. We know exactly who the perpetrators are. They brag. Isis brags about its crimes online. “There is no-one more blameless than the young Yazidi girl who has lost everything and who today comes before you and asks for your help. Yet two years on, two years after the genocide began, 3,200 Yazidi women and children are still held captive by Isis and not a single member of Isis has been prosecuted in a court anywhere in the world for crimes committed against the Yazidi. Nadia and others like her are not seeking revenge, they are seeking justice. The opportunity to face their abusers in an international court at the Hague.
“I am proud to sit beside this young woman whose strength and leadership astounds me. She has defied all the labels that life has given her: orphan, rape victim, slave, refugee. She has instead created new ones. Survivor, Yazidi leader, women’s advocate. Nobel Peace Prize nominee. And now, as of today, Goodwill ambassador.
“I am proud to know you Nadia, and I am sorry that we have failed you. I hope that your appointment today can be a turning point for all victims of sexual violence in human trafficking. And to those who thought that in their acts, they could destroy you, let them know this: Nadia Murad’s spirit is not broken and her voice will not be silenced, because as of today, Nadia is the United Nations ambassador who will speak for survivors all over the world.”
This is absolutely disgusting and needs to change and we’re glad that Amal Clooney is speaking up about the problem. If you guys want to learn even more about the problem check out Neighbor film starring Anjelah Johnson. It’s a human-trafficking film to raise awareness about the topic as well. Let us know what you think in the comments below.