US President Donald Trump insulted himself after he was unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help the Yazidis of Iraq.
Murad was one of the thousands of women and girls who were abducted by ISIS in Iraq in 2014. She joined a group of survivors of religious persecution to meet Trump at the Oval Office on the sidelines of a major meeting at the State Department.
After Murad explained how her mother and six brothers were killed and that 3,000 Yazidis remained missing, Trump said, “And you had the Nobel Prize? That’s incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?”
After a pause she said, “After all this happened to me, I didn’t give up. I make it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women…Please do something. It’s not about one family.”
Murad asked him to press the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to create safe conditions for the Yazidis to return.
“But ISIS is gone and now it’s Kurdish and who?” Trump asked, before later telling her, “I know the area very well.”
Murad also explained how Yazidis took dangerous routes to find safety in Germany, who welcomed refugees.