Amal Clooney has revealed she plans to sue ISIS on behalf of a woman who was taken captive by the terrorist organisation at the age of 19.
Speaking to the US Today, the human rights lawyer said her client, Nadia Murad, was sold to an ISIS commander as a sex slave where she was burned by cigarettes and at times raped by multiple men until she fell unconscious.
“I can’t imagine anything worse being done by one human to another,” Clooney said.
The case will undoubtedly put both women’s life at risk – Clooney said Murad has already received threats – but the 38-year-old just couldn’t walk away.
“This is my work,” she said.
Murad, now 23, was kidnapped following the Yazidi genocide in northern Iraq, during which her mother and six of her eight brothers were killed.
And she’s not alone – 3,200 Yazidis are still captive, and Clooney has spoken to several other Yazidi girls who suffered similar horrors to those endured by Murad.
“I did feel a sense of outrage,” she said on Today. “It’s been harrowing to hear the testimony of girls as young as 11 and 12, what’s happened to them. And still we haven’t done anything about them.”
Allied troops are engaged in an ongoing and deadly military intervention in Syria and Iraq in attempt to halt the extremist organisation’s advances, but Clooney insists bombs and bullets are not the solution.
“You can’t kill an idea that way,” she explained. “I think one of the ways to take action against that is to expose their brutality and their corruption. And part of the way to do that is through trial.”