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Review: On Her Shoulders

— by BEV QUESTAD —

Since 2014, Nadia has had only two wishes. The first is to return to her small town. The second is to get justice. If her first wish is granted, she would be returning to a town with no men. The second has put a price on her head.

“On Her Shoulders” is a documentary on the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad. In 2014 Nadia was living a normal, modest life with her brothers and sisters in Kojo. But one day extremists from ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) invaded and shot the elderly, men, boys, and babies.

Nadia, at 21, along with all the other Yazidi girls, was taken prisoner. (CONTINUED)


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