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Ex-Islamic State prisoner to address UQ

AAP logoAAP 23/08/2016 Nathan Paull

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former Islamic State prisoner Nadia Murad will discuss her harrowing ordeal before a Queensland University audience.

The 21-year-old will give a guest lecture at the University of Queensland on Wednesday night on behalf of the Yazidi people.

Ms Murad's family was massacred and she was abducted and sexually enslaved in August 2014 before escaping three months later.

She addressed the United Nations Security Council last December to talk about her plight and IS's attempt to destroy women and girls.

"As a Yazidi survivor, I am a descendant of one of the world's oldest religions, which is today threatened with extinction," Ms Murad said at the time.

The Yazidis are an ethno-religious group with an estimated population of 600,000, mainly living around the district of Sinjar in Iraq.

The Yazidis have been targeted over centuries with successive campaigns of genocidal violence.

Genocide scholar Nikki Marczak, from the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, also will speak on the Yazidi genocide.

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