Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad met with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE at the White House on Wednesday where she pleaded for the president to help her and others in her community return to their home country.
Murad, who won a Nobel Peace Prize last year after opening up about her story of surviving sexual assault while in ISIS captivity in 2014, told Trump that much of her family remains in jail because “when ISIS attack us, no one protect us.”
“I’m from Iraq and I cannot see my family,” she told the president in the Oval Office.
“After 2003, we started to disappear from our area, from our homeland. And then when ISIS attack us in 2014, they killed six of my brothers. They killed my mom,” she continued, recalling how she and her sisters and nieces were taken into captivity around the time.
“And today we have 3,000 Yazidi women and children in captivity. So although they said ISIS is defeated, but where is those 3,000 Yazidi?” she said. “And our home is destroyed.”
“My people cannot go back,” Murad said. “We are not million of people; we are only half-million people. And after 2014, about 95 years — 95,000 years, Yazidi, they immigrate to Germany through a very dangerous way. Not because we want to be a refugee, but we cannot find a safe place to live.”
“All this happened to me,” she continued. “They killed my mom, my six brother.”
“Where are they now?” Trump asked.
“They killed them,” Murad repeated. “They are in the mass graves in Sinjar. And I’m still fighting just to live in safe. Please do something. And it’s not about one family.”
“I know the area very well you’re talking about," Trump said, later adding: “We’ll continue very strong.”
Trump also asked Murad during the meeting about her experience being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
“They gave it to you for what reason?” Trump said.
“For what reason? For that — after all this happen to me, I can — I make it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women,” she said. “This one was first time the woman from Iraq, she gave out and spoke about it happen.”
After speaking with Murad, Trump spoke with a number of other people who had also experienced religious persecution in their country, including a survivor of the Holocaust and a Tibetan woman from China, according to The Washington Post.