Two fighting sexual violence share the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

The Korean leaders step over the demilitiarized zone during their historic meeting in April. EPA

The Korean leaders step over the demilitiarized zone during their historic meeting in April. EPA

On Friday, Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the prize for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war", Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo.

But when Islamic State extremists stormed across parts of the two countries in 2014, her fate changed forever and her nightmare began.

Her fiancé, Abid Shamdeen, is a former interpreter for the U.S. Army and a human rights activist.

Mukwege set up the hospital in 1999, and he and his staff have treated more than 50,000 victims of sexual violence.

Murad is a victim of sexual violence perpetrated by the Islamic State, or ISIS, which has persecuted the Yazidi minority group to which she belongs.

In 2016, at age 23, she was made a United Nations goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking. Her bravery in coming forward with her story and launching an awareness campaign among the global community, is reminiscent of Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at 17.

Murad said she was "honored and humbled" by the award which she would share with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds and other persecuted minorities as well as victims of sexual violence. "Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes". "But the further objective of this is that nations take responsibility, that communities take responsibility and that the worldwide community take responsibility", said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the committee, which bestowed the $1.01-million prize. After getting treatment in Germany, she chose to speak to the world about the horrors faced by Yazidi women, regardless of the stigma in her culture surrounding rape. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam. She was raped, beaten and tortured before managing to escape three months later. He is an outspoken critic of the abuse of women during war who has described rape as "a weapon of mass destruction".

She has since dedicated herself to what she calls "our peoples' fight", becoming a well-known spokeswoman even before the #MeToo movement swept the world. The youngest was Malala Yousafzai, who won in 2014 at 17-years-old after she was shot in the head at close range by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, where she grew up.

"I was in the operating room so when they started to make noise around [it] I wasn't really thinking about what was going on, and suddenly some people came in and told me the news", he said.

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