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this poor girl I hope she can find peace after this...this book made my blood boil with rage with what ISIS did to these poor people.
Written by a very brave woman. Harrowing does not begin to describe this book.
One phrase used in Quran surahs (chapters) is "ma malakat aymanukum" (literally "what your right hand possesses," with a correct interpretation being "those whom you own as slaves"). The surahs mentioning this are the ones Islamic State uses to justify its use of Yazidi and Christian females as sex slaves. Islamic State is only the most well-known (in the West) of fundamentalist Muslim groups, with them interpreting the Quran literally (they're NOT misunderstanding it).
Another Quran surah is "The spoils of war," chapter 8, which has no parallel in Christianity, Buddhism, and any other major religion.
The reason Islamic State considers Yazidis to be devil worshippers has to do with ignorance of the Yazidi religion. Yazidis' Peacock Angel has one or two things in common with the Islamic Shaytan the Tempter who refused God's test to bow down to Adam. Muslims first confused the two in the fifteenth century and initiated their genocide against Yazidis which has never stopped.
Survivor's story of the brutality of ISIS which enrages her to call for the world's attention to the genocide of her people and their religious freedom. She is a testament to the human will of survival, a letter of love for her country, the close community of her youth and the large family torn apart by a sadistic war. It is a wake up call to what is going on in Iraq and why we should support them now instead of waiting for a Pearl Harbor event to draw us into this battle. Is Hitler back in the form of ISIS?
Ladies and gentleman as a Yazidi member, I highly recommend you to read this book.
The courage and Love it took for Nadia to share this most personal, horrific, saddening and enraging story is humbling and Inspiring, to say the least. At times this book was excruciating and disheartening to read and I had to remind myself to breathe and so I reverted to listening to the audiobook while out in Nature, in order to maintain my equilibrium. It definitely kept me in the zone of Gratitude for my own Life and the benevolent gift it has been! This ugly tragedy and the numerous others of its elk need to be told repeatedly until we all find the wherewithal to put an end to rape and sexual exploitation, and not just witness it as a 'lamentable incident happening over there' in the ruthless games of war that men choose to play. I would have liked the third part of the biography to have a more focused and in-depth look at her time moving to Germany and what her experience was like and how that, in turn, grew into her Activism and ultimately winning the Nobel Prize. Nonetheless, this is mandatory reading, not only from a personal and humanitarian perspective but from a political one.
Stunning true story and must read!
It shows how normal daily life of innocent people would turn to the worst hell they could imagine because of their peaceful believes. It tells you how extreme fundamentalists, who surrendered their minds, thoughts and self control to monster leaders can abuse people in the name of God and think it brings them heaven in another world. I, personally experienced the religious dictatorship in the past, so I deeply felt all the moments she experienced and all those people live in such a dark period of time. I highly recommend you (anybody who reads this comment) to read this book.
A very important book to read and a wake up call.
Ladies and Gentlemen, yes this is the naked reality of living under an Islamic State.
This is a great read. Very few books keep me so interested and shedding a few tears at the same time.
I started to read this book because I believe it to be an important and timely book to read. That being said, I am not going to finish it. It is too much for me. It is beyond belief that such atrocities occur in this day and age. The strength to endure is almost as unbelievable. Great admiration for and best wishes to Nadia Murad.
Nadia narrates her story in three parts. The first part describes her life in Kocho before ISIS arrived and revolves around her schooling and her family while giving an introduction to the reader about Yazidi culture and local traditions. It gives a lot of details about Kocho which occasionally feel too long and unrelated to the remainder of the story. The second part describes the arrival of ISIS and their methods to gain power while part three focuses on Nadia's personal struggle and fight against ISIS and how she was tormented and how she finally escaped and her life in refugee camps. This part is very touching and the way story is narrated makes even the strongest of the hearts to melt down and feel for the Yazidi girls. Nobody living in the western world can even come close to imagine what these poor ladies have been through. In the end, Nadia gives a small comparison of her life in refuge camp after her escape in contrast to her life before ISIS showed up. She also mentions her work with United Nations and a social group called Yazda and her work towards saving the other captives. But the details of this are not provided. Some more details could have been told in the last chapters after her escape about the camps and her work with UN and other organizations.
Nevertheless "The Last Girl" is a story that everyone should read and know about. I wish this genocide ends at the earliest and I wish Nadia becomes successful in her endeavors towards saving thousands of other girls like her who are still suffering at the hands of ISIS.
This book was exceptionally well-written (Nadia mentions near the beginning that English was not her strongest subject in school), but the story is told in a somewhat confusing manner. The first third of the book covers Nadia's life before ISIS arrives in her village. The stories she shares from her life before are told out of sequence; she shares memories of her childhood and her home, and they are not told in chronological order. I understand that that makes a story more interesting, but often there was no sense of time given to help order the events of her life, so I was very confused at times, trying to figure out where in the sequence of her life an event or series of events took place. Also, often names were dropped in without any context whatsoever, and I struggled to understand the relationship between Nadia and that person. Katherine, her favorite niece, is mentioned multiple times throughout the book; but it isn't explained until the third section of the novel that Katherine is Nadia's niece, the daughter of Nadia's eldest brother, who is the leader of their family.
The sentence and paragraph structure is very well-written, precise, and detailed, but the actual story structure was not the greatest.
Aside from that, the book was absolutely heart-wrenching to read. Nadia had a simple but happy life before ISIS arrived in her home town, and it is so hard to read about her facing struggles she never dreamed she would have to experience. The details of her capture, enslavement, and escape are numbingly fascinating, and I couldn't read the details of her escape quickly enough. I wish there had been more details about her life after escape (again, events began to be told out of order and it was hard to follow the sequence of events), namely about her time with Yazda, the organization to help free other sabayya and aid Yazidis in need.
the voice telling the story here sounds as innocent as Anne Frank's, and the horrors Nadia Murad suffered are equally as heinous, if not even more so - "The Last Girl" is an important document, it should be read by many