Yazidi women who escaped Daesh captivity receive human rights awards

The European Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar who are raising awareness about women and children imprisoned by the terror group.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Nadia Murad (L) and Lamiya Aji Bachar (R), both Iraqi women of the Yazidi faith, pose with the 2016 Sakharov Prize during an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, December 13, 2016.

Updated Dec 14, 2016

The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize to two Yazidi women who were held captive by Daesh.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were forced into sexual slavery when their village in Iraq was captured by the terror group. 

They managed to escape, and are now using their experiences to raise awareness about the women and children who are still prisoners of the terror group.

TRT World 's Nicole Johnston has the latest from Erbil, Iraq.