Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 25 September 2020

UAE delivers Dh9 million aid for humanitarian project led by Nadia Murad

The Nobel Peace Prize winner is leading efforts to deliver clean water for thousands of people in northern Iraq

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad is leading efforts to boost living conditions for fellow Yazidis in northern Iraq. Courtesy: AP  
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad is leading efforts to boost living conditions for fellow Yazidis in northern Iraq. Courtesy: AP  

The UAE donated millions of dirhams worth of aid to a humanitarian project being led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad to deliver clean water supplies to thousands of embattled residents in Iraq.

The government pledged Dh9.2 million to the bid to provide comprehensive potable water, sanitation and hygiene projects for more than 60,000 Yazidi people living in six villages in the Sinjar district of the country.

Sultan Al-Shamsi, assistant minister of foreign affairs and international co-operation for International Affairs, said the Emirates is committed to addressing the needs of communities blighted by ISIS attacks.

The crucial scheme will be implemented by Dutch organisation Dorcas.

Ms Murad, who is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, was honoured with the Nobel Peace prize in October, 2018, for her tireless work to shine a light on the struggles of people caught up in conflicts across the globe.

The activist was one of thousands of Yazidi women captured by ISIS militants in 2014 and forced into sexual slavery after the group overran Sinjar, in northern Iraq.

Ms Murad escaped her horrific ordeal and has since become a prominent campaigner against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

In August, Ms Murad urged fellow members of the Yazidi faith to return to their homeland in northern Iraq.

Iraq hosted more than half a million Yazidis before the brutal attacks of 2014. Since then about 100,000 have emigrated and 360,000 remain displaced.

Thousands of Yazidis were killed by ISIS and an estimated 6,400 were kidnapped, mostly women and children. The United Nations has described extremist group’s onslaught as genocide.

She discussed her important role on the global stage during a meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, in the UAE capital in September.

Following the meeting, held at Qasr Al Bahr, Sheikh Mohamed called on the world to unite to combat violence against women and minority groups.

Ms Murad thanked the UAE for its financial support for the clean water programme.

She praised the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince for his support for minority groups and his work to enhance peace-building initiatives.

Updated: December 20, 2019 03:52 AM

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