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The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida's Story

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,509 ratings  ·  309 reviews
In August 2014, Farida, like any ordinary teenage girl, was enjoying the summer holidays before her last year at school. But Farida lived in the mountains of northern Iraq — and what happened next was unimaginable. Her village was an ISIS target.

ISIS jihadists murdered the men and boys, including her father and brother, before taking Farida and the other women prisoner. Th
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 7th 2016 by Square Peg (first published May 5th 2016)
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The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida's Story, also published as The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story, is a story of courage shown under unspeakable conditions known as Daesh's (ISIS, IS, ISIL etc.) sex slave market. For more information, there is an excellent article published in The New York Times named as ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape, which I wholeheartedly recommend for a quick look and for a short summary.

You don't need to know much about Daesh to enter into this read. Media is eager t
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Esther Bradley-detally
excellent and horrific, a must read. We are all one, and no one can exclude themselves from knowing of these conditions. What courage.
Fahime
چند وقتی بود مشتاق بودم این کتاب رو بخونم، نهایتاً دیروز به دستم رسید و امروز تمامش کردم. جالب و پرکشش بود، اما چند نکته:
اول اینکه فکر می کردم این کتاب خاطرات یا زندگی نامه باشه، اما روی جلدش خیلی درشت نوشته شده رمان، و گرچه نهایتاً همون خاطرات یا زندگی نامه ست، اما اون واژه ی رمان به شدت توی ذوق می زنه.
دوم اینکه کلاً در مورد کتاب های خاطرات، نمی شه روی راست گفتن راوی حساب کرد. راوی خیلی راحت می تونه وقایع رو تغییر بده یا کم و زیاد کنه، و کسی هم قادر به اثبات چیزی نیست. و اوضاع وقتی بدتر میشه ک
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Ina Cawl
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small cruel note

Sometimes I wonder why only western people are interested in knowing or understanding other people more than non westerns try to understand their western counterparts.
Another thing that irritates me is why most publishers are interested only knowing and writing about victims of Islamic extremism From Malala to Yazidi victims?why is it most of the books paints a negative light of Muslims as Brutish and barbarian and the West as enlightened and less cruel than muslims?why we only h
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Vastaa gorgij
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#دختری_که_از_چنگ_داعش_گریخت
#فریدا_خلف
#سمیه_نصرالهی
#انتشارات_مهرگان_خرد
#ادبیات_عراق
به یاد غذاهایی که در خانه درست میکردم،افتادم.گرسنه نبودم؛در آن لحظه هیچ نوع نیاز جسمانی را احساس نمیکردم فقط به قابلمه ی غذا خیره شده بودم که برایم دست آویزی بود که من را به دنیای دیگر و بیرون از آنجا متصل میکرد.دنیایی که در آن غذا می پختند و مردم شبها کنار هم می نشستند و در آرامش غذا میخوردند.با خود فکر میکردم،بله چنین دنیایی هنوز آن بیرون وجود دارد و من هنوز زنده بودم...
داستان کتاب روایت زندگی فریدا خلف دختر جوان
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Nazi
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
کتاب دختری که از چنگ داعش گریخت رو تقریبا یه نفس تموم کردم. از اون کتاباس که به سختی می تونی زمین بذاری.
یه کتاب وحشتناک بود!
به شدت روی روح و روان آدم تاثیر میذاره، مخصوصا که می دونی این اتفاقات واقعین، و حتی شاید تو داری ورژن خیلی تلطیف شده ش رو می خونی. اگه آدم چند سال پیشم بودم، احتمالا تمام مدت خوندنش چشمام خیس اشک بود.
دردای کتاب رو به عمیق ترین حالت درک می کردم، نه فقط روحی که فیزیکی هم، و یه غم و اندوه شدید، یه ترس بزرگ، همراهم بود در طول خوندنش.
اینا شکنجه هایی هستند که گاهی برای خودم ل
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Mirela
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Nije ovo knjiga gdje bi se ocijenjivala njezina književna vrijednost . Pretužna je to priča o dogadajima koji pogađaju veliki dio našeg planeta a ostatak tog istog najčešće pred tim zatvara oči . 5* za hrabru djevojku , ženu koja je postala simbol jedne borbe .
Učitaj se!
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Faridina priča započinje poput priče bilo koje obične tinejdžerice: ona ide u školu, druži se s prijateljicama, provodi vrijeme s obitelji, zafrkava se s braćom... Iako je čitavo vrijeme svjesna da na nju i njenu obitelj, kao Jezide, baš kao i na druge pripadnike njihove vjere, Arapsko stanovništvo iz okolnih sela i gradova često gleda s nerazumijevanjem i neodobravanjem - kao na krivovjernike, ta vjerska podjela nije još toliko izražena i ne izaziva netrpeljivost i neprijateljstvo, barem ne kod ...more
Sidonia
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nu pot sa vorbesc despre cartea aceasta. Nu am cuvinte.
Ma gandesc numai la faptul ca suferinta si tragedia acestei tinere s-au petrecut in anul 2014. Nu acum un veac, nu in evul mediu, ci in timpul nostru, acum cativa ani. 2014, anul in care eu impartaseam cu familia mea cea mai minunata veste, aceea ca urmeaza sa fiu mama, iar aceasta tanara din partea cealalta a lumii, care abia implinise 18 ani, a fost violata si batuta si infometata si chinuita. Nu pot pur si simplu sa pun in cuvinte ce sent
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Leen Gilis
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toen ik begon met lezen van dit boek, merkte ik meteen op dat Farida heel open schreef. Ik denk dat dat één van de redenen is dat het boek zo vlot las. Je hebt echt het gevoel dat ze je in vertrouwen neemt. Ook zorgde de open schrijfstijl ervoor dat er veel gevoelens bij me losgemaakt werden. Ik heb zelfs een paar traantjes moeten wegpinken. Naast dat ze open schrijft, gebruikt ze makkelijke woorden en zinnen, en dat vond ik wel fijn. Hierdoor kon ik het verhaal goed volgen.

Wat ik wat minder vo
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Andrea Andrei
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Uneori oamenii trebuie sa cunoasca raul mai mare pentru a pricepe care e cel mic."
Cheryl
In the summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was looking forward to beginning her last year of high school. She was a gifted student who excelled in math and physics. One of her teachers had recommended that she receive a grant to further her education so she could become a teacher. Farida and her family lived in a small village in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. The village was almost entirely populated by members of the Yazidi religion. They coexisted peacefully with their Muslim and Christian neig ...more
Mahdiyeh
كتاب درباره ي ظلم و رنج به ايزدي ها در حمله ي داعش است كه با نگاه دختري به اسم "فريدا" از ايزدي هاي كرد عراق روايت شده است . فريدا پس از چندين بار تلاش موفق به فرار از چنگ داعش ميشود و پس از مهاجرت به آلمان تصميم ميگيرد اين فاجعه را به گوش همه برساند .

از نظر من شجاعت ، مقاومت و نجابت شخصيت اصلي كتاب قابل تحسينه اما احساس گناه راوي و تعريف كردن از هوش خودش در بعضي قسمت ها ي كتاب منو به اين فكر مينداخت كه نكنه داره غلو ميكنه !؟ شايد اگه اين متن به صورت مصاحبه يا از ديد يه سوم شخص حاضر در معركه نقل
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Oana
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O marturie emotionanta, o carte care transpune intr-un mod realist suferintele si atrocitatiile provocate de gruparea ISIS in numele religiei. Farida Khaled reprezinta un exemplu de forta si curaj reusind prin determinare si credinta sa supravietuiasca incercarilor la care a fost supusa. O carte care ne ajuta mai bine sa intelegem “culisele” acestei lupte si totodata sa empatizam cu oamenii nevinovati care au ramas captivi in acest razboi. Recomand!
Bryony Nelson
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I don't even know what to say about this book.

It is an absolutely amazing and tragic story of one girl and her fellow prisoners as well as their families, in their bid to escape from captivity from ISIS.

It's utterly heartbreaking and it was a real struggle to read but it is definitely a book that should be read by everyone. The subject and the content is so important and sheds huge amounts of light on what really does go on in these war zones and behind the scenes of what we hear on the news cha
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Melania 🍒
4,15/5
Fatima H. Barazi
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book that helped to shed some light for me on the horrifying events that are occurring in my home country Syria.
After finishing this book, I felt as if a veil has been lifted up from my sight and I became full aware of the calamities that are happening in Riqqa, and other ISIS controlled regions.
Living in Hama, a city that has so far survived the civil war with the minimum amount of deaths and vandalism never gave me a serious sense of endangerment or the feeling that our lives in the city lac
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Rachael
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received an ARC of this book to read & review via Goodreads Giveaways.

Farida is an 18-year-old girl living a normal life in a small village in Iraq when suddenly her life is changed forever. ISIS attack her village and she is separated from her parents and four brothers, and sold into a life of slavery where she is repeatedly raped and beaten. This book is the true story of Farida's struggle to escape her captors and get back to her family.

Wow. This book shocked me in so many ways and was
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Babus Ahmed
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A horrifying retelling of Farida' story, a nineteen year old Yazidi girl from Iraq, whose family and life as she knew it was torn apart by ISIS. Her painful experiences and will to survive the torment her captors put her through are simply remarkable.

Giving the reader a true inside view into what the extremism of ISIS means to the people whose homelands have been desecrated by these terrorists, The Girl Who Beat ISIS is a difficult and sinisterly reminiscent read of oppression and genocide.

I am
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Ana
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farida tinha 17 anos e tinha um sonho, ser professora de matemática. No entanto, os seus sonhos e a sua vida vão ser modificados a partir do momento em que vira escrava sexual. Farida só tem dois caminhos, ou tenta a fuga ou tenta a morte.
Valentina Markasović
I have nothing but words of praise and admiration.
Mahshid Naderi
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من این کتاب رو با ترجمه سمیه نصراللهی از انتشارات مهرگان خرد خوندم. چیزی که در مورد ترجمه تو ذوق من زد، این بود که مترجم برای ترجمه اسامی، به نسخه انگلیسی کتاب وفادار بود. به عنوان مثال (اگر اشتباه نکنم) اسم فریدا همون اسم فریده در عربی هس. یا اسم روستای سنجار به طور رسمی به اسم شنگال تغییر اسم داده. نمیشه از این بابت به مترجم ایراد گرفت، ولی صرفا، سلیقه من نوعی، این بود که اسامی به صورت اصل عربیشون نوشته میشدن تا حس و حال واقعی داستان بیشتر حس شه.
در مورد خود داستان، تا حدودی نقدهایی که به کتاب
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Alja Katuin
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoe verschrikkelijk het onderwerp ook is, hoe graag je er ook aan wil ontkomen..
Dit boek, van Farida en Evin en eigenlijk al die andere meisjes, je moet het lezen.

Dit boek, hij grijpt je aan en laat je tot de laatste pagina niet meer los. Farida neemt je mee, laat je lezen hoe zij als .. dier verkocht en doorverkocht werd. Dappere Farida, met haar slimme oplossingen. Ik ben zó trots op dit meisje, ook al ken ik haar niet.

Het meisje dat van IS won is openhartig geschreven, het draait niet om d
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Ruthanne Davis
From the moment I knew this book existed, I wanted to read it. What a phenomenal story, starting when Farida was about 14 years old and living in a peaceful rural village in northern Iraq with her parents and siblings. Her father was a border guard and his duties were to prevent Syrians from entering Iraq. Eventually, it was ISIS who wanted to gain access and did, with little or no trouble at all.
Farida was kidnapped by ISIS to be a slave, more than likely, a sex slave. For months she was held
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Joann
This is a riveting firsthand account of life in captivity for a young Yazidi girl and a courageous flight to freedom. This astonishing memoir is also Farida’s way of bearing witness, and of ensuring that ISIS does not succeed in crushing her spirit. In the summer of 2014, Farida, along with her family is following the threat of ISIS in her small and peaceful village of Kocho, Iraq. In its opening chapters you have Farida enjoying her home and family and then in a few days time, Isis is able to t ...more
Anastasia Alén
Farida's story is an excellent read. Everyone should read this, it describes well what's going on in the war zones and how courageous people are in resisting ISIS. I greatly admire all the Yazidi girls and women.

Thank you Square Peg and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Zwaantina De Graven
Indrukwekkend maar ergens voelt het niet helemaal echt aan of zo. Net of het allemaal teveel is
Ana Dumitrache
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am citit foarte mult despre cultura musulmană, despre traditiile și obiceiurile unor oameni parcă din altă lume (cel puțin pentru noi, europenii), despre umilințele la care sunt supuse femeile lor, despre prejudecățile, religia și modul lor de viață. De supraviețuire mai exact. Pentru că nu poți numi viață ceea ce primesc ei. Povestea Faridei mi-a plăcut tocmai pentru că nu a conturat neapărat aceste lucruri. Da, Farida povestește puțin despre familia ei și obiceiurile lor, povestește și felul î ...more
Lou~Silver Medalist in DNF's
Is this really non-fiction? Really?

This was thought provoking, but IMO, for all the wrong reasons.

Presenting a real person's experience as a badly plotted YA novel (holes and all) is merely adding to the atrocities they suffered.

At times, the religious hypocrisy portrayed was so apparent that I felt I was listening to propaganda. Similarly, some of the bizarre circumstances:

1) Farida argued religion with her captors, ISIS soldiers (i.e., fundamental extremists who are commanded to kill muslim'
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Leanne
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is near-impossible to give a star-rating to a non-fiction book of this nature. The Girl Who Beat ISIS tells the heart-wrenching story of Farida Khalaf, a confident and intelligent schoolgirl and aspiring maths teacher. While enjoying her summer holidays, Farida’s village was attacked by ISIS. Her family were captured and separated, men and boys were killed, and women were kept as prisoners. Farida recalls the torture she endured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold women like ...more
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