"The Last Girl" Nadia Murad

Tanya Adams

3 Stars

November 23, 2017

As a personal story this book is not just about abuse and rape, but also about bravery, survival, hope, and love to the author's family. Nadia Murad is a voice against violence, a voice that reminds that the battles are not over yet.

As for the political part of the book, I felt like it fell apart. There were subtle messages of dislike of the Kurds, the Americans, the Sunnis and Shiites. I was wondering if there would be any group to be liked in this story. Maybe it is just a minority mentality to only care about your own community and no one else? Life seemed somewhat OK during Hussein times but there is a mention of the fact that he used chemical weapons against the Kurds. So that part was fine as long as the Yazidis were safe? And then there is some wondering why the Kurds did not do more. On the other hand, Yazidis did not do anything for the Kurds either during the Hussein regime. Things will never change if minorities keep caring only about their groups' interests with no willingness to cooperate with others.

I think that the story would be a lot better if it were focused more on the Yazidi culture and religion instead of politics. There are only bits and pieces of the beliefs and lifestyle, and it needs more depth there.