Toronto school cancels ISIS survivor event with Nadia Murad

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Toronto school cancels ISIS survivor event with Nadia Murad

A woman who survived being kidnapped by ISIS and plunged into sexual slavery as a teen has been cancelled — by the largest school board in Canada, according to a report.

Nadia Murad, 28, was set to sit down with students from some of the 600 schools that are part of the Toronto District School Board to talk about her upcoming book, “The Last Girl: My Story Of Captivity,” to be published in February 2022. 

But school board superintendent Helen Fisher pulled the plug on Murad’s visit, saying she would not let students attend because the book would be offensive to Muslims and “foster Islamophobia,” the Telegraph reported.

Murad advocates for survivors of genocide and sexual violence and is also a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Goodwill Ambassador. 

Murad's upcoming book, 'The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State,' discusses her captivity and ultimate escape.
Murad’s upcoming book, ‘The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State,’ discusses her captivity and ultimate escape.

Murad’s book tells how she escaped the Islamic State after being taken from her home and sold into sexual slavery when she was just 14.

Murad details how she was raped and tortured before finding her way to a refugee camp in Durhok, in northern Iraq, and then to Germany, where she lives today.

District parent Tanya Lee was outraged, according to the Telegraph.

Murad speaking at the UN Headquarters in New York in Oct. 2019.
Murad speaks at the UN Headquarters in New York in Oct. 2019.
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“This is what the Islamic State means. It is a terrorist organization. It has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims. The Toronto school board should be aware of the difference,” she said.

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