Lamiya Aji Bashar

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Lamiya Aji Bashar
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Lamiya Aji Bashar (2017)
Born Lamiya Aji Bashar
1998 (age 19–20)
Kojo, Iraq
Occupation Human rights activist
Years active 2014–present

Lamiya Aji Bashar (Arabic: لمياء حجي بشار) is a Yazidi human rights activist. She was awarded the Sakharov Prize jointly with Nadia Murad in 2016.[1]


Aji Bashar is from Kojo, near Sinjar, Iraq. In August 2014, along with Nadia Murad, she was abducted by Islamic State from the village and forced into sexual slavery.[2][3] She was also forced to make suicide vests.[2]

Aided by her family who paid local smugglers, she escaped in April 2016, being injured by a land mine in the process. She received medical treatment in Germany.[3] In October 2016, she and Murad were jointly awarded the Sakharov Prize; the ceremony took place in December 2016.[3]

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  1. ^ "Sakharov prize: Yazidi women win EU freedom prize". BBC News. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kamali Dehghan, Saeed; Graham-Harrison, Emma (27 October 2016). "Yazidi women who escaped from Isis win EU human rights prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar winners of 2016 Sakharov Prize". European Parliament. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.