Jenna Krajeski, Journalist, Pulitzer Center
In August 2013, ISIS attacked Sinjar, the region in Iraq where most of the country's some 600,000 Yazidis lived. Thousands of Yazidis were murdered, kidnapped, and sold into slavery; the lucky ones escaped first to Mount Sinjar and later to refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. By now, the story of the genocide has been told, but the story of reconciliation, justice, and rebuilding is only beginning. Leading the charge is Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, whose story I helped tell in her memoir The Last Girl. Nadia's story of enslavement and her campaign for justice, with a focus on rape as a weapon of war, encapsulates and humanizes the Yazidi experience, making clear both the suffering they endured and the necessity of justice. How Nadia and other Yazidis will get justice, return to Sinjar, and reconcile with their Kurdish and Arab neighbors is a question that will determine the future of this small community and of the country they still call home.
Co-sponsored by: University of Arizona Center for Border & Global Journalism, ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, & East European Studies, and CMES