NEW YORK, 17th September 2016 (WAM) – Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha – who survived trafficking at the hands of ISIL (Da’esh) – has formally been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

A press statement by the UNODC said this designation marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction. Ms. Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, briefed the Security Council in its first-ever session on human trafficking last December.

She described being rounded up with fellow Yazidis in Iraq in 2014 and witnessing ISIL fighters shooting men and boys in cold blood. She was subject to grave abuses at the hands of ISIL fighters and was bought and sold various times.