As much as it pains me to say, if Amal Alamuddin had not married George Clooney, most of us wouldn’t know who she is. In a sad reality, it’s the fact that Amal is in the celebrity world that people click on the stories of her very important work; perhaps lured in by the somewhat shallow curiosity of what or ‘who’ she is wearing when her picture is taken. Ordinarily, that very idea would irk me a bit, but today, today I actually feel happy that Amal’s face is one the media want to splash all over their pages. Whether you’re genuinely interested in her incredible career, or more curious as to which designer she’s wearing, there’s no doubt that you’ve become aware of the very real and very dangerous fight Amal is currently undertaking. Because you clicked on her picture.
Amal Clooney is taking ISIS to court – and she’s doing it on behalf of a young woman named Nadia Murad. Nadia, now 23, suffered the most sickening abuse after being sold as a sex slave to an ISIS Commander when she was 19 years of age. She was raped by several men, often at the same time, until her body, and her mind, could not take it any longer and she fell unconscious. She was burned with cigarettes. She was used as a disposable, worthless dish rag for the barbaric pleasure of these revolting, inhumane animals.
When she was taken in the Yazidi genocide in northern Iraq, Nadia’s mother was murdered, as were six of her eight brothers. To date, 3,200 people are still being held captive and many others, including girls as young as 11 and 12, have endured the same atrocities that Nadia has. Now, Nadia Murad is seeking justice and Amal Clooney is fighting with her. She is using her exceptional brain, her tough-as-nails will and her very genuine compassion to shed light on a situation that has been ignored for far too long.
Here is Nadia and Amal on the Today show:
Two women. Both brilliant, both brave and both heroic, are taking on the most terrifying terrorist organisation in the world.
And yet, if Amal wasn’t married to George Clooney, we might never have known of her work. We might never have known of the plight of the Yazidis, of the exceptional woman Nadia Murad is. But now we do; we do because Amal Clooney has managed to do something very special with the spotlight that has permanently been attached to her since she started dating George. Slowly but surely, she’s changing the direction of that light – one that was only aimed at red carpets and couture gowns – and shining it on the issues that matter so much more. Love. Justice. Humanity.
If that’s not a powerful woman, I don’t know what is. Brava Amal.