Book Review – The Last Girl


The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (Virago) ISBN: 9780349009759

Nadia Murad is from a small village called Kocho in northern Iraq. In The Last Girl, she tells the story of how the Yazidi people suffered at the hands of ISIS. Dreams and hopes for a brighter future are shattered, and families are ripped apart, never to be reunited. A village, once so full of life, love, and laughter is instantaneously dead.

Kocho is under siege. The Yazidi people are forced to convert to Islam or they face brutality and death. The ISIS militants confiscate their precious belongings. Yazidi men are killed including some of Nadia’s brothers. Older women, too old to be sex slaves are killed. Nadia is among the girls who are forced into the ISIS sex slave trade. They are sexually and physically abused. Nadia manages to escape after she is left alone in a house in Mosul. She finds shelter in a Sunni Muslim family who risk their lives to get her to safety.

The Last Girl is a heart-breaking story that raises awareness of how people have suffered under the brutality of ISIS.

Sinobukhosi Mpofu
4/5