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On Her Shoulders

by Alexandria Bombach

To mark World Refugee Day, the United Nations and Caritas Europa screened: ‘On Her Shoulders’

On Her Shoulders film cover
Runtime: 94′

After surviving the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaping sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, 23-year-old Nadia Murad gave a testimony before the U.N. Security Council that was heard around the world. Nadia suddenly became the face of the Yazidis – a historically persecuted and voiceless religious minority. Despite longing for a normal life away from the spotlight, Nadia takes on the role of an activist in hopes of halting the ongoing genocide and bringing ISIS commanders to justice. Nadia Murad was appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking on the 16th of September 2016.

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The film was followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown – Co-Producer of ‘On Her Shoulders’ and Founding Member of Nadia’s Initiative
  • Shannon Pfohman – Advocacy and Policy Director, Caritas Europa
  • Sophie Magennis – Acting Regional Representative for the EU Affairs, UNHCR
  • Moderated by Carlos Jimenez – UNRIC

Past screenings

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