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    This is a 10 star book written by a very brave young woman persecuted by ISIS both the men and the women I wish h

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    45 harrowing dignified unfathomable stars 2018 Honorable Mention Read Nadia Murad's story is not unusual and in many parts of the world is uite 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 extramarital affairs AD

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    More than anything else I said I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine cHorror fic writers have nothing on our contemporaries This is a story to illustrate it a story of a girl who went through true horrors and miraculously lived to tell us about it We are supposed to be living in an enlightened and modern and advanced

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    “It never gets easier to tell your story Each time you speak it you relive it When I tell someone about the checkpoint where the men raped me or the feeling of Hajji Salman’s whip across the blanket as I lay under it or the darkening Mosul sky while I search the neighborhood for some sign of help I am tran

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    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 emotio

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    Sometimes it is just hard to fathom all the evil in this world The lengths people will go through the horror they will inflict on others for power and creating fear in my view but claiming it is in the name of religion Such clear writing such a heartbreaking story a story that is happening not just in Ira but i

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    Much of this book is extremely hard to read I am not the type who looks at a car wreck; I do not look I flee The August 2014 ISIS attack of the author’s northern Ira Yazidi village and the sexual abuse and beatings that follow are described in excruciating detail For the Yazidi community and for Nadia religion ethnicity and family are one They are inseparable and so the book begins by explaining the myths customs and beliefs central to th

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    Sometimes it is just hard to fathom all the evil in this world The lengths people will go through the horror they will inflict on others for power and creating fear in my view but claiming it is in the name of religion Such clear wr

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    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 a disaster that everyone contributed to all the way down the line Ms Murad starts her book with a little family backgroun

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    Powerful poignant guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes no matter how tough you think you are and surprisingly well written The Last Girl is an extraordinary first hand account of a brutal genocide of a small religious minority who had no one to protect them from the barbaric horrors of the Islamic State which grew in power and t

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE In this intimate memoir of survival a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Ira A member of the Yazidi community she and her brothers and sisters lived a uiet life Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salonOn August 15th 2014 when Nadia was just twenty one ye More than anything else I said I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine cHorror fic writers have nothing on our contemporaries This is a story to illustrate it a story of a girl who went through true horrors and miraculously lived to tell us about it We are supposed to be living in an enlightened and modern and advanced and educated and informed world And it all amounts to nothing since most vulnerable people out there remain just that vulnerable and fall victims while we go on thinking just how great our modernity is Newsflash it isn t It isn t even all that modern since in this book we can get a tiny and very redacted and sanitised glimpse of horrors very ancient ones at that Instead it s plain scary that our supposedly postindustrial and humanistic and diverse and democratic and altogether oh so very enlightened world has allowed such thing from hell as DAESH to happen to our contemporaries Including young and defenceless girls who have pretty much nowhere to run Like NadiaAnd the DAESH surely didn t rise from some God cursed sand in some God forgotten desert on their God forsaken own I m not naive enough to believe that There s no Petri dish anywhere which would produce grown religious fanatic fighters on its own without any external input And the religion is probably only one of the ingredients here since well many people of Islam are peaceful Seriously someone somewhere obviously believes it worthwhile to pay for DAESH weapons to teach them to fight maybe even to fight alongside them Of freaking course what ever could go wrong with a bunch of armed militants going around running slave markets casually killing and otherwise conuering women children mature people and everyone else Otherwise these SOBs would ve already long since ran out of resources since they don t do much business or say agriculture or create modern weapons or do pretty much anything that could have kept them supplied with weaponry they rely upon So WHAT THE HELL This world must be sick The language of writing is simple and unaffected which makes the tale even touching and heartbreaking This book can be split into the BEFORE and the AFTER Such a loving and tranuille and even a bit bucolic setting of the life BEFORE however hard it was one can feel the author s nostalgia for what once was and what cannot be recreated AFTER against the crescendo of sorrow and pain and hurt and all the horror of the AFTER Our world should not contain such AFTERs We should not allow such things to happen on our planet This book should make us all angry and full of shame that we stand and watch genocide and worse much WORSE unthinkably WORTH and do nothing or extremely littleI don t think many of us can even begine to imagine the depth of horror that has happened to all these victims Even after reading this book I don t expect we still could be able to understand it all One can only hope that this mission and support and faith and God will help Nadia and give her strength to continue in this uneven struggle and maybe just maybe there will eventually be the ultimate last girl to have endured such dreadful horrors PS Some fellow readers are feeling it their civic duty to inform me that DAESH is an Islamic group While I know that I also have read the book and paid close attention to the author s take on religion Nadia is very cautious about her views on Islam and makes it clear that her village has had lots of peaceful interaction with Muslims And while not one of them or of anyone else came forward to help her fellow villagers in the time of dire need and while the religion is obviously a sore point for most sides involved in this horrible crisis Nadia is very gracious about Islam And I respect this point of view and I don t particularly care about religious hate commentsmessages The author even after all the torments understands that this war is not exactly about religion but rather of a perversity of it and that anything can be distorted into horror if someone applies to it If Nadia can be this gracious the commentators are advised to do their own work on their own empathy somewhere in privateOur faith is in our actions cIt was a simple hidden life c I don t know why God spared me he said But I know I need to use my life for good cThe slave market opened at night cAlong with the farmers the kidnappers took a hen and a handful of her chicks which confused us Maybe they were just hungry we said to one another although that did nothing to calm us down cAs lucky as I am to be safe in Germany I can t help but envy those who stayed behind in Ira My siblings are closer to home eating the Irai food I miss so much and living next to people they know not strangers If they go to town they can speak to shopkeepers and minivan drivers in Kurdish When the peshmerga allow us into Solagh they will be able to visit my mother s grave We call one another on the phone and leave messages all day Hezni tells me about his work helping girls escape and Adkee tells me about life in the camp Most of the stories are bitter and sad but sometimes my lively sister makes me laugh so hard that I roll off my couch I ache for Ira cYazidism is an ancient monotheistic religion spread orally by holy men entrusted with our stories Although it has elements in common with the many religions of the Middle East from Mithraism and Zoroastrianism to Islam and Judaism it is truly uniue and can be difficult even for the holy men who memorize our stories to explain I think of my religion as being an ancient tree with thousands of rings each telling a story in the long history of Yazidis Many of those stories sadly are tragedies cThere are so many things that remind me of my mother The color white A good and perhaps inappropriate joke A peacock which Yazidis consider a holy symbol and the short prayers I say in my head when I see a picture of the bird cYazidis believe that before God made man he created seven divine beings often called angels who were manifestations of himself After forming the universe from the pieces of a broken pearl like sphere God sent his chief Angel Tawusi Melek to earth where he took the form of a peacock and painted the world the bright colors of his feathers cThis is the worst lie told about Yazidis but it is not the only one People say that Yazidism isn t a real religion because we have no official book like the Bible or the Koran Because some of us don t shower on Wednesdays the day that Tawusi Melek first came to earth and our day of rest and prayer they say we are dirty Because we pray toward the sun we are called pagans Our belief in reincarnation which helps us cope with death and keep our community together is rejected by Muslims because none of the Abrahamic faiths believe in it Some Yazidis avoid certain foods like lettuce and are mocked for their strange habits Others don t wear blue because they see it as the color of Tawusi Melek and too holy for a human and even that choice is ridiculed We treat happiness like a thief we have to guard against knowing how easily it could wipe away the memory of our lost loved ones or leave us exposed in a moment of joy when we should be sad so we limit our distractions cWe treat happiness like a thief we have to guard against knowing how easily it could wipe away the memory of our lost loved ones or leave us exposed in a moment of joy when we should be sad so we limit our distractions cApril is the month that holds the promise of a big profitable harvest and leads us into months spent outdoors sleeping on rooftops freed from our cold overcrowded houses Yazidis are connected to nature It feeds us and shelters us and when we die our bodies become the earth Our New Year reminds us of this cIt took a long time before I accepted that just because I didn t fight back the way some other girls did it doesn t mean I approved of what the men were doing cBefore ISIS came I considered myself a brave and honest person Whatever problems I had whatever mistakes I made I would confess them to my family I told them This is who I am and I was ready to accept their reactions As long as I was with my family I could face anything But without my family captive in Mosul I felt so alone that I barely felt human Something inside me died cEvery second with ISIS was part of a slow painful death of the body and the soul and that moment was the moment I started dying cWe were no longer human beings we were sabaya c although I stayed uiet fully believing Abu Batat would kill me if I lashed out again inside my head I never stopped screaming c And so God turned them into stars On the bus I started praying too Please God turn me into a star so that I can be up in the sky above this bus I whispered If you did it once you can do it again But we just kept driving toward Mosul cII was uickly learning that my story which I still thought of as a personal tragedy could be someone else s political tool particularly in a place like Ira I would have to be careful what I said because words mean different things to different people and your story can easily become a weapon to be turned on you c Be patient she told me Hopefully everyone you love will come back Don t be so hard on yourself c We are surrounded on three sides by Daesh But Kocho was a proud village We didn t want to abandon everything we had worked for the concrete homes families had spent their entire lives saving for the schools the massive flocks of sheep the rooms where our babies were born cI cried for Kathrine and Walaa and my sisters who were still in captivity I cried because I had made it out and didn t think that I deserved to be so lucky then again I wasn t sure I was lucky at all c I used to think that what happened to my sons was the worst thing a mother could bear she said I wished all the time for them to be alive again But I am glad they didn t live to see what happened to us in Sinjar She straightened her white scarf over what remained of her hair God willing your mother will come back to you one day she said Leave everything to God We Yazidis don t have anyone or anything except God cJustice is all Yazidis have now c

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D 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 safetyToday 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 an ongoing genocide 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 w Much of this book is extremely hard to read I am not the type who looks at a car wreck I do not look I flee The August 2014 ISIS attack of the author s northern Ira Yazidi village and the sexual abuse and beatings that follow are described in excruciating detail For the Yazidi community and for Nadia religion ethnicity and family are one They are inseparable and so the book begins by explaining the myths customs and beliefs central to the community Understanding their beliefs is essential to understanding the choices they make To those of the Western mindset many Yazidi beliefs will be perceived as foreign and strange These two factors made reading the book difficult for me but on completion I am very glad to have read it Being aware of what is happening in our world today is an individual s responsibility Media reportage informs but is insufficient the book gives depth and reveals the issues at stakeWe follow the attack on the village Kocho the siege and the violence that follows the men are summarily killed the women of which Nadia is one are rounded up sold as sex slaves starved repeatedly raped and beaten by Islamic State militants Her perilous escape is suspensefully told The fate of all those of her extended family is detailed too The book concludes with internment in a refugee camp emigration to Germany and tells of how she came to speak out against ISIS genocidal extermination of the Yazidi peopleThe 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad the author of this book for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict This according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee announcement on October 5 2018 in Oslo NorwayWhat could have been better Political alliances in Ira and Kurdistan are not adeuately clarified The situation is complicated and it is hard to get a clear grip on A list of the parties and their acronyms would have been helpful The inclusion of maps too Perhaps the book does have maps I do not know The audiobook is read by Ilyana Kadushin It is very well read In the beginning her voice trembles but by the end gathers the force and strength that it should have Foreign words which many Westerners may be unacuainted with at the beginning become recognizable and easily snapped up by the end This is aided by the narrator s clear pronunciation Four stars for the narration just as for the book s content The audiobook should have been accompanied by a PDF file with maps and a partyacronym listThis is not an easy book to read but is important and is compellingly told

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Ars 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 tradeNadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten Finally she manage 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 recoupBut this is important y all It s important because in places like where I live we tend to act as though genocide and slavery are things of the past We blithely go through life as though those sorts of atrocities are part of a distant and shameful past not the harsh reality of people alive today It s important because here in America a lot of folks perceive Ira as being ISIS as being the enemy as being a country of terrorists We fail to understand that many Irais are victims trapped by and subjected to the cruelty of ISIS living daily in fear for their lives and their families lives It s important because Ms Murad is willing to bare herself before all of us to relive her personal nightmare again and again in the hope that we will act to give her and her people justiceWe re fortunate here We have a voice We have the ability to speak up and out to our leadership Please read this Please speak up about it Please do what you can to aid the Yazidi You can take a look at the Yazda website for information Many thanks to Jaidee for introducing me to this website I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity