The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

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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 August 15th, 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.

Title : The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
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ISBN : 0525493212
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio CD
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Jaidee rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

4.5 "harrowing, dignified, unfathomable" stars !! Nadia Murad's story is not unusual and in many parts of the world is quite common. Most of us here in the West and much of Europe are currently cocooned from the ATROCITIES that occur daily in our world. We complain about the price of hydro, extra...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

You should read this book. Not because you'll enjoy it, it's not a book meant for enjoying. In fact, parts of it, you most certainly will not enjoy. You will be upset. You will be horrified. You may need to take a minute to emotionally recoup. But this is important, y'all. It's important because,...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

Well, I won't put this in the military non-fiction category because Daesh are a murdering bag of bastards, only good for killing unarmed opposition, and the Yazidi didn't put up a fight. I'd call this situation a comedy of errors but there is really nothing funny about this tragic situation. It's...

Anne Goldschrift rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

Bitte lest dieses Buch! Es ist so wichtig, den Opfern des IS nicht nur eine Stimme zu geben, sondern ihnen auch zuzuhören. Das Buch ist wirklich schrecklich und grausam, aber so so bedeutsam und lehrreich.

Mikey B. rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

This is a most powerful narrative of a young Yazidi woman in Iraq whose family was forced out of their home by ISIS. Her brothers were murdered in a ditch. The younger women were forced into sexual slavery – older women, like her mother, were killed. So as can be imagined this is a very visceral a...

Jeanette rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2018

She is a good writer. And she has a thorough and horrific story to tell. I find it endlessly ironic that there are so many books written and discussed about past genocides of 50, 70, 80 years ago- and so little for the ones of the recent past or the exact present. Like this record by Nadia of the...

Janel rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

*Thanks for the free book, @CrownPublishing; it’s my pleasure to be a part of your monthly book send programme and provide honest reviews for the titles chosen* In Northern Iraq, there lies the small village of Kocho; a small community of mostly farmers and shepherds. The Yazidi community live a q...

aPriL does feral sometimes rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

‘The Last Girl’ is a well-written testimony as well as an autobiography. Nadia Murad is someone to be admired and praised for her courage and intelligence. What she endured, survived and overcame is almost more than one can bear to read. However, if any understanding of her ordeal and justice for...

Trena rated it ★★★★★

October 16, 2017

This book did a great job educating me in things I had no knowledge of. I had no idea how divided the entire country of Iraq is and how the Yazidi people in particular have been murdered, abducted, sold and abused. The Islamic State is trying to completely erase their culture and religion. Nadia w...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

I was a goodreads giveaway winner. I would give this a 4.5. This young woman has witnessed the horrors of ISIS. In 2014 her village was invaded by ISIS. They killed a lot of the towns people. Kidnapped the young women held them captive and raped them. Nadia was 21 when her family was taken by ISI...

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