Nobel Peace Prize – level 3

17-12-2018 15:00

Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo last Monday.

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman. She is a member of the Yazidis who are a religious minority indigenous to a region of northern Mesopotamia. She had been kidnapped by ISIS, and she won the prize for her advocacy for sex abuse victims.

In her speech, she thanked everyone for the honour, but she said that the only prize in the world which could restore the dignity of sex abuse victims was justice and the prosecution of criminals.

Furthermore, she said that there was no award that could compensate for friends and loved ones who were killed only because they were Yazidis. The only thing which could restore a normal life, she said and protection for the rest of the community.

Dr Denis Mukwege from the Congo won the Peace Prize for helping sexually abused women at a hospital that he founded.

Difficult words: indigenous (native to, local to), Mesopotamia (an area between the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates – present-day Iraq), advocacy (support for, speaking about a problem to help people), dignity (self-respect, not being scared and hurt), prosecution (catching and punishing a criminal).

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