01 June, 2008

Accident of birth

I know I complain, whinge, whine, swear and generally kick off about a lot of things but there is one thing for which I am eternally grateful. I thank my lucky stars that I was born in the UK to atheist parents. Why?

This is why. And this.

Rand Abdel-Qader was a 17 year old Iraqi girl. She was murdered by her father for talking to a British soldier. This vile excuse for a human being admitted to the crime. To this day he walks the streets and has never been punished.

Her mother, Leila Hussein, left her husband after the horror of his crime came to light. He subjected her to a severe beating when she told him she was leaving, during the course of which one of her arms was broken. Leila has also been murdered.

Please take a moment today to remember these women. Say their names out loud. Tell another woman about them. They deserve to be remembered. Women are being murdered for talking to men and their murderers think they have the right to do this. There is no justice for Rand and Leila.


Foodycat said...

I hadn't seen that Leila had been murdered as well. Rest in peace, woman of courage.

mscrankypants said...

This is from your first link: "I have only two boys from now on. That girl was a mistake in my life" and is one of the saddest things I've ever read. May they rest in peace.

Foodycat said...

In other news (of more minor oppressions) I see Mousethinks is being stifled. Also very sad!