Nadia Murad’s book – THE LAST GIRL: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State is informative regarding the culture, landscape, faith and life of the Yazidi people. For that alone it was definitely a book worth reading. This powerfully true story relates the disturbing account of the brutality of Murad’s captivity as a sex slave, her loss of family and friends, and her courage to survive. The descriptions of her abuse and her courage in the face of that abuse were palpable. Murad’s struggle to survive reflects the faith of the Yazidi people that sustained her throughout the unbelievably inhuman ordeal.
As sad and shocking as the evil perpetrated on Murad and all the victims of the genocide was, there is an uplifting quality as well in the courage shown by those at risk of their own safety who helped them escape. I encourage you to read this extraordinary story of a deeply inspiring young woman who has not only survived sexual slavery, but has pledged her life to help others overcome this evil. (Kathy Burton-Lewis)
(Written by Nadia Murad, Published in 2017 by Tim Duggan Books, 320p., $17.00 (paperback)