Amal Clooney has stated that ISIS is “no joke,” according to People. The 38-year-old human rights lawyer and wife of Hollywood star George Clooney has spoken out about the risks involved in taking on ISIS human trafficking survivors.
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In her interview with NBC’s Today, Amal Clooney said she and her celebrity husband had discussed the risks of them taking on an Islamic State human trafficking survivor Nadia Murad as a client.
And while Amal Clooney says that she and her husband are completely aware of some of the risks involved, she admits that Murad had taken on far more severe and far more life-threatening risks.
“He [George Clooney] met Nadia too and I think he was moved for the same reasons and he understood, I mean this is my work.”
Amal Clooney then praised Murad for her courage and admitted that hardly anyone could feel courageous after what Murad had done. The human rights lawyer explained that ISIS is “no joke,” adding that Murad faces significant risks to her life.
“They [ISIS] have sent her very specific threats, saying we will get you back. We’ll do everything [we can] do.”
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Amal Clooney admitted that she “cannot walk away” from helping Murad to raise awareness about the atrocities ISIS militants do on a daily basis. Murad, who was nominated by the Iraq’s government for the Nobel Peace Prize, was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador last month.
During the United Nations ceremony to appoint Murad as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Amal Clooney delivered a very emotional speech in which she described the kind of horrific things Murad had to suffer when she was captured by ISIS militants.
Murad was only 21-years-old when the Islamic State invaded her village in 2014 and had to watch her mother and brothers die. Murad, meanwhile, was taken captive, raped, was forced to pray, and even brutally abused by a group of ISIS militants.
Amal Clooney said that Murad was traded from one ISIS militant to another, and she was forced to put make-up and various dresses on before being sexually abused by ISIS fighters. And one time she was raped by a group of men who sexually abused her until she was unconscious.
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But what’s even more shocking is that Murad was only one of nearly 7,000 Yazidis taken captive by ISIS two years ago, Amal Clooney explained, adding that ISIS usually sells its prisoners either in markets or on Facebook “for $20 or more.”
“Nadia’s mother was one of 80 older women who were executed and buried in an unmarked grave. Her brothers part of a group of 600 who were murdered in a single day.”
And while Murad wants to raise awareness about the atrocities ISIS militants do, including human trafficking and sexual abuse, Amal Clooney is set to help her. As Murad herself said during her interview on Today alongside Clooney, she is putting her own life at risk, but she doesn’t “have a life without giving hope to other victims.”
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Spreading the word about ISIS’ brutal atrocities is not the only thing that has kept Amal Clooney busy lately. The wife of George Clooney recently awarded a 17-year-old Lebanese student with the Amal Clooney Scholarship, according to Fortune.
Dalia Atallah, a 17-year-old who speaks three languages, was awarded the Amal Clooney Scholarship. In her recent interview with Fortune, the recipient stated that she and Clooney are both equally passionate about human rights and revealed her plans for the future.
Dalia Atallah stated that she would either become an attorney like Amal Clooney or end up working for the United Nations. The scholarship includes a coveted $70,000 grant that covers tuition and accommodation.
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