For Immediate Release

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Press Release

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Jessica Jennings:‎

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, and founder of Nadia’s Initiative, to discuss support for Yezidis and other survivors of atrocities in Iraq and Syria, women's empowerment, survivor-centered support, and post-conflict development.

Administrator Power emphasized the U.S government’s continued advocacy in Iraq to include Yezidi communities in the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement to ensure the agreement addresses community needs, protects citizens’ rights, and promotes safe, voluntary, and durable returns. Administrator Power and Ms. Murad also discussed the challenges faced by Yezidis living in camps, including al-Hol, and the need to help communities rebuild their lives.

Administrator Power thanked Nadia’s Initiative for the organization’s ongoing partnership and recognized Ms. Murad for being a member of USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.

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