Iraq’s newly elected president has congratulated Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for being a co-winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

President Barham Saleh said that honoring Murad is an international recognition of the “catastrophe” that Yazidis were subject to by Islamic State militants. Murad was captured by IS militants at 19 and raped, beaten and tortured daily before escaping and becoming an international spokeswoman for victims.

State TV quoted Saleh, who was elected by parliament earlier this week, as saying the award is also recognizes all victims of “terrorism” in Iraq. State TV says Murad is the first Iraqi to win any Nobel prize.

She and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who treats rape victims in the Congo, won the 2018 prize for combating the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Source: National News Agency