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Iraqi Yazidi Legislator Awarded Politkovskaya Prize


Vian Dakhil

Vian Dakhil

The only ethnic Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament has won an international award for her efforts to protect members of the minority from the militant group Islamic State.

Vian Dakhil received the London-based organization RAW in WAR's Anna Politkovskaya Award, which honors women working to help those trapped in conflict, on October 6.

Dakhil, who broke a leg in a helicopter crash in August while delivering aid to Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, vowed to continue her campaign.

She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: "We are peaceful people, but our men are being butchered, and our women and girls are being tortured, raped, and taken as slaves."

The award is named after Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who exposed human rights abuses in Chechnya and was assassinated on October 7, 2006.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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