“Farida Khalaf's story is harrowing but crucial—especially when it comes to understanding what ISIS actually is and does.”
"The subject matter is difficult, but [Farida Khalaf's] courage and resilience is powerful."
“As gripping as it is appalling…a compelling testament to the suffering of ordinary people caught up in violence far beyond their control—and to the particularly terrible price it exacts from women.”
– The Guardian
"The book comes at a critical moment as ISIS tightens its hold on the estimated 3,000 Yazidi women and children still in its grasp… Even in hiding, Khalaf demonstrates her incredible courage. The courage it took to survive and, now, to tell her powerful story."
– New York Daily News
“An incredible account of what global jihad looks like from the inside.”
– New York Post
“Farida recounts the horrors she and the other young women endured in captivity. Her story highlights the suffering caused by the Islamic State’s flawed interpretation of the Koran and the group’s brutal intolerance of peaceful religions.”
– Washington Post
“Farida’s story cuts through the statistics and the geopolitics to tell of a single life changed forever by a war …It is a story of loss of innocence but also discovery of an amazing inner strength that drives Farida to survive the nightmare and to bear witness to what happened.”
– New York Journal of Books
“The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is [Farida Khalaf’s] incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world,”
– Book Reporter
"A mesmerizing study of human cruelty and a brave depiction of the monsters that arise when reason sleeps."
– The Sunday Times (UK)
"Shattering, brave, angering account."
– The Bookseller (UK)
"A powerful description of a world teared apart."
– The New Statesman (UK)
"A vital read."
– Hot Press (UK)
“A shattering, brave, enraging book but also a stirring story of survival.”
– Sunday Express (UK)
“How much can a single person endure? Traumatized, uprooted, abused–Farida continues to deal with the consequences of the ISIS terror. Nevertheless, the memoir of the young Yazidi woman is full of hope. She is a very strong individual, she has the heart of a lioness, and luckily, her faith is strong enough to help her endure all crises. An amazing story, that hurts – and that encourages everyone never to keep quiet or to give in.”
– Frank Heinrich, Speaker of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Parliament
''A stunning, heart wrenching narrative by a teenage Yazdi girl who is uprooted from her village in northern Syria, only to be kidnapped and sold as a sex slave by ISIS. Farida fights back and is horribly beaten by ISIS for her resistance and her leadership role as she attempts to save other girls from the terrible fate that awaits them. Once Farida escapes it takes even more courage for her to recite her story to German journalist Andrea Hoffman. Everyone should read this in order to get to the heart of the tragedy of the Arab world and the distortion of Islam being perpetrated by ISIS. Beautifully written in the voice of a teenage girl, this book gives more of an understanding of what is happening than political treatises.''
– Ahmed Rashid, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Taliban