The Girl Who Beat ISIS

The Girl Who Beat ISIS : Farida's Story

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In August 2014, Farida Khalaf was just a normal Yazidi girl, living in a village high in the mountains of northern Iraq. Then her village was attacked and swiftly taken by ISIS fighters, and her whole world changed. The jihadists murdered the men and the boys of her village, including her father and brothers, before taking Farida prisoner along with the rest of the women. This is the story of what happened to Farida after she was captured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold their female prisoners like cattle, and Farida's realisation that the more difficult and resistant she became, the harder it was for her captors to continue their atrocities against her. So she struggled, she bit, she kicked, she accused her captors of going against their religion, and then, one day, the door to her room was left unlocked. She took her chance along with 5 other women, and set out across the Syrian desert...This is a story of incredible courage in the face of unthinkable atrocity. As the battle against ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, The Girl Who Beat Isis provides an astonishing perspective on this very terrifying global more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 16mm | 301g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910931020
  • 9781910931028
  • 67,402

About Farida Khalaf

Farida Khalaf (Author) Farida and her brothers were brought up in the Yazidi community in Kocho, Iraq. Farida was 19 years old when ISIS attacked her village, killed the men, captured the women and sold them into slavery. After four months, Farida and her best friend managed to escape against all odds.Claudia Andrea Hoffman (Author) Andrea C. Hoffmann lives in Berlin working as an author and a journalist for Focus magazine. She specializes in the Middle East and the situation of women in Muslim countries. Recent books include: Ensaf Haidar: Freedom For Raif Badawi and Latifa Nabizada: Reach For The Stars, Sister!show more

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"This powerful testimoney is ... as gripping as it is appalling" Guardian "'How much can a single person endure? Traumatised, uprooted, abused - Farida continues to deal with the consequences of ISIS. Nevertheless, this memoir is full of hope. She is a very strong individual, she has the heart of a lioness. An amazing story that encourages us never to keep quiet or to give in'" -- Frank Heinrich, German Parliamentary Speaker on Human Rights "Shattering, brave, angering account" The Bookseller "A stunning, heart wrenching narrative... Everyone should read this in order to get to the heart of the tragedy of the Arab world and the distortion of Islam being perpetrated by ISIS. Beautifully written in the voice of a teenage girl, this book gives more of an understanding of what is happening than political treatises." Ahmed Rashid "A compelling testament to the suffering of ordinary people caught up in violence far beyond their control - and to the particularly terrible price it exacts from women." -- Rachel Aspden Guardianshow more

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"This powerful testimoney is ... as gripping as it is appalling" Guardianshow more
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