Farida Abbas Khalaf grew up in a remote Yazidi village in Northern Iraq. She was just a high school student when the Islamic State ravaged her village, murdering men—including her father and brother—before taking women and children as prisoners.
For four months, Ms. Khalaf was held in captivity and abused physically, sexually, and mentally. Eventually, she managed to escape. Today she is an active member of Yazda, a global advocacy campaign to bringing ISIS terrorists to justice, and raise awareness of the Yazidi Genocide.
Ms. Khalaf is the author of The Girl Who Beat ISIS (2016), a book published in over 14 countries, and in her documentary film, With words against the IS (2016), Ms. Khalaf bravely relives her story.
Ms. Khalaf is the winner of the 2017 Marsh Award for peacemaking and peacekeeping and the 2017 LiberPress Award.