The Last Girl

The Last Girl

My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

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"Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety. Today, Nadia's story-- as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi-- has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war"--
Published: New York, NY :, Tim Duggan Books,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781524760434
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 MUR
Characteristics: xi, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,color illustrations, map, portrait ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Krajeski, Jenna - Author
Clooney, Amal


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DBRL_ANNEG Mar 11, 2019

Nadia Murad was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. The first Iraqi to be awarded the prize, she was kidnapped and enslaved by the Islamic State. After escaping, she began to speak out about the horrors her people experienced and established the non-profit Nadia’s Initiative.

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Jan 27, 2021

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.

Nov 09, 2020

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.

Jun 21, 2020

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.

Sep 17, 2019

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.

Jan 02, 2019

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.

Dec 09, 2018

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.

Oct 30, 2018

This is a great read. Very few books keep me so interested and shedding a few tears at the same time.

Oct 20, 2018

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.

Jun 19, 2018

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.

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Sep 17, 2019

"I knew that if I thought about it any longer, I would run out of time. I had to decide. But I couldn't move. No matter what choice I played in my head, it always ended with me being captured and punished as Hajji Salman had punished me. I assumed that Hajji Amer had left me alone in the house with the door unlocked and no guards not because he had forgotten. He wasn't stupid. He did that because he thought at this point, having been abused for so long and being so weak from sickness and hunger, I wouldn't think of trying to escape. They thought they had me forever. They are wrong, I thought. And in the blink of an eye, I tossed my bag over the wall and then jumped over it myself, landing with a thud on the other side." Part 2 - Chapter 12 - pgs 201-202


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