Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, on the occasion of the appointment of Nadia Murad, the young Yezidi woman who has survived ISIS slavery, as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador . Below is the text of the message:
Dear Secretary General,
I write to thank you and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for appointing Ms Nadia Murad Basee Taha UN Goodwill Ambassador and for the kind invitation to attend her appointment ceremony on September 16th.
Regrettably, due to the pressing security and economic situation we face in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, I am unable to participate in this ceremony but my government will be represented at the event by other KRG officials.
I would like to express our pride in Ms Nadia Murad, in her courage, her dignity and inspiring ability to speak up for all the victims of genocide committed by ISIS, especially the women and girls enslaved by the terrorist group.
As you know, the Yezidis, along with Christians, Shabaks, Kakaiis, Sabean-Mandeans, as well as other Kurds and Arabs, have been targeted by ISIS whose methods of beheading, rape, sexual enslavement and mass murder, have been rightly labelled genocide. The Yezidis in particular have suffered unspeakable crimes and injustices at the hands of ISIS and deserve the attention and support of the entire world. Currently, about 420,000 Yezidis are displaced and living in the Kurdistan Region with inadequate shelter, healthcare and education services as our own resources at the Kurdistan Regional Government remain stretched due to the large influx of displaced people while we fight a costly war against ISIS. We believe that about 3,200 Yezidis remain in ISIS captivity and that women and girls are traded in slave markets and trafficked across borders. All of humanity must come together to rescue those still enslaved and bring an end to human trafficking.
We appreciate the symbolism of appointing Ms Nadia Murad as Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and are confident that this young Yezidi woman, who has suffered more than one can imagine and has wisdom beyond her years, will carry out the tasks you are assigning her with courage and leadership.