Farida Abbas Rasho Khalaf and Angela Atim Lakor
Farida Abbas Rasho Khalaf
Farida is a board member of the Yazda organisation and is one of more than 6,500 Yazidi survivors of ISIL enslavement and genocide. Yazda is a global organisation that strives to bring justice, sustenance, healing and rejuvenation to Yazidis who have suffered under or been affected by the genocidal campaign against their people by the so-called Islamic State.
She was born in Kocho, Northern Iraq and was a high school student when ISIL attacked her village, killing men and taking women and children as hostages. Farida lost her father and older brother in the attack and was taken into captivity, along with her mother and other brother. She was held in captivity for four months and subjected to unimaginable suffering and mental and physical abuse.
Since she escaped, Farida has spoken out about her experience, travelling to Holland, France, Germany, Belgium and the UK to do so. Her book The Girl Who Beat ISIS has been published in more than 14 countries and she spoke at the Wilton Park conference in February 2017, entitled ‘Tackling exploitation, trafficking and modern slavery’.
Angela Atim Lakor
Angela is the project co-ordinator of Watye Ki Gen (translation: We Have Hope), a Ugandan organisation of formerly abducted women, working for the rights and the welfare of children born in captivity.
Angela was abducted from Aboke St Mary’s College with fellow pupils by the Lord Resistance Army when she was 14 years old. She is the co-author of the book The Lord Resistance Army Forced Wife System and is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies at Gulu University in Uganda. In November 2016, she spoke at the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative meeting on tackling stigma at Wilton Park.