Yazidi activist Nadia Murad to appear on 'The Daily Show'

Murad's appearance on the popular US talk and news satire show could showcase her efforts to combat sexual violence and trafficking to a new and big audience.

al-monitor Nadia Murad stands during the 71st Bambi Awards at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on Nov. 21, 2019, in Baden-Baden, Germany. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who won last year's Bambi honor for courage, is to appear on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" on July 30, 2020. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images.

Jul 30, 2020

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and survivor of Islamic State (IS) captivity Nadia Murad will appear on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" Thursday, providing the activist with an opportunity to bring her message on sexual violence and the Yazidi genocide to a new and larger audience.

Murad is an activist and prominent member of Iraq’s Yazidi community. In 2014, she and thousands of other women from the ethnoreligious group were captured by IS when its militants swept through northern Iraq. Murad spent several weeks in IS captivity, where she was subject to severe physical and sexual abuse before escaping. IS targeted Yazidis in particular in part due to their non-Islamic religious beliefs. The killing and enslaving of Yazidis by IS in Sinjar, Iraq, has been described as a “genocide.”

Since fleeing IS, Murad has sought to highlight the plight of genocide and trafficking victims. Thousands of Yazidi, Turkmen, Christian and other women are still missing after being taken by IS. In 2018, Murad received a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

Murad announced she would be on the show on her Twitter account today. She will discuss "my work to fight for human rights, end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and honor survivors on the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide,” she said in the tweet.

Noah has continued the show’s success since taking over for longtime host Jon Stewart in 2015. The  program received 74 million views a month online as of February. Murad’s appearance could therefore bring the plight of Yazidis to the attention of a new audience in the United States and around the world.

"The Daily Show" focuses on US politics, but Noah sometimes discusses Middle Eastern news as it relates to the United States.

Those who miss Murad on "The Daily Show" Thursday night will have more opportunities to see her appearance; episodes are uploaded onto the program's website the following day.

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