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Burned Alive

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When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to ...
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The novel Burned Alive is about a Palestinian girl named Souad who grows up in a village in West Bank that is not like the Western culture. She is born believing she is nothing more than an animal to her family and community. As she is starting to mature and it is time for her to become a woman, she dreams of marriage with her neighbor, Faiez. Although she is not allowed to speak with him before marriage and her father, who makes all the rules for her, she meets secretly with him whenever she can. Souad makes a mistake and becomes pregnant before she is married, shaming her entire family. Once they learn of this they sentence her to death. Her brother-in-law burns her, seeking vengeance for her sin. Despite the awful burn, a random villager who takes out the fire and brings her to the hospital saves her. Because the hospital is also of her culture, they do not care for her. They know what she has done and believe she deserves what she got. Then Jacqueline, Souad's savior comes into the picture and brings her to another culture to seek more advanced medial attention. She is able to start a new life in this country but deals with not only the hardships of insecurities from her past, but also learning more about the outside world and Western culture. She comes to realize that not all places downgrade women like her village and in fact respect them. She learns to deal with the new culture while raising her new family and rekindling the relationship with her son, suffering from her past.

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Panorama: Britain's Crimes Of Honour - YouTube

BBC's Panorama documentary on honour killing in Britain. This is the entire report.
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Honor crimes are committed in Britain up to eight times a day and a quarter of them go unnoticed by police. Even if these crimes go to police, it is hard to tell the circumstances sometimes to know whether the woman's living conditions were so bad that she wanted to kill herself, or if it was, in fact an honor crime. The dishonoring can be as simple as speaking with a member of the opposite sex. One girl said that her father would tell her that just seeing her face brought such displeasure to him, but beating her made him feel better. One reporter explained his view of women to be of silk. While men are gold and can be dropped in the mud, they can be cleaned off, while women (silk), if dropped in mud, are stained forever. Although this view started in early generations, it is still being carried down. Things are looking up, as children in the future generations are being educated on the situation and the government is considering banning forced marriage.

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Violence Against Palestinian Women is Increasing

Violence Against Palestinian Women is Increasing | Zimmerman West Bank | Scoop.it
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The article, "Violence Against Palestinian Women Is Increasing" explains the reasoning behind all the women violence in the Palestinian cultures. The main problem of the violence tendencies toward women in these areas comes from the family's pride. The family cares more about their image rather than the person who created it. If a family member does something to dishonor their family's pride, they do not consider them a part of their family any longer and this is when honor crimes occur. There are some organizations that can help this epidemic such as women shelters, but in some cases women are sent to prison instead. Their problem comes down to the fact that no one considers these crimes against women an actual crime. They are considered family issues that need no legal punishment.

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Fondation SURGIR - Accueil

Fondation SURGIR - Accueil | Zimmerman West Bank | Scoop.it
La fondation SURGIR est active contre les violences coutumières dont sont victimes les femmes à travers le monde tels que les crimes d’honneur et les mariages forcés.
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SURGIR is a Swiss-based foundation that fights violence against women. Their mission is to track down girls, women, and their children, victims of violence, rescue them, accompany them, fighting against the injustices that crushes them, and informing the human society about it. They carry out programs that rescue girls and provide education and rehabilitation. Some of their major areas they focus on are honor killings and forced marriages, which are two of the most serious discriminations on women in the areas of interest to SURGIR. Most of these girls are innocent and need serious saviors, which is SURGIR’s goal to achieve.

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In the Name of Honour

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In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was gang raped by a local clan known as the Masto...
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I would also read this book because it sounds a lot like Burned Alive. I would love to learn more about the first hand account of another woman who survived an honor crime and has worked towards changing the societies that commit these crimes. This book sounds more motivational and sentimental than Burned Alive.

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West Bank

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The West Bank is an Israeli occupied area in which many Palestinians live in. It is full of villages and some big cities outside of the villages but typically the villagers do not travel to these cities. Each city has it's own culture and lives strictly by it. They speak Arabic and follow Arabian customs.

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The Effect of Honor Crimes

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This photo shows the trauma a woman has gone trough from being burned alive as the result of an honor crime. Imagine living the rest of your life with burn marks like these, always being reminded of a sin you committed that did not go unnoticed. You would be reminded every day of the cruel and unusual punishment you recieved by members of your own family who are supposed to love you.

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Palestinians

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The Palestinian culture is very different from the Western Culture, being much more conservative. Their family life is prominently dominated by the male gender called the hamula and they take their religion, primarily Arab, very seriously. Being one of their rites of passages, marriage is a very important event in their culture. Typically, most Palestinian marriages are a result of an arranged marriage, where the fathers of two families conjoin their children to one family. Dating is not permitted in their culture; dating shall not be used for socialization or getting to know one another. It is solely for the intent of marriage. Although that is their traditional expectation, they are starting to become more westernized, leaning towards marriages chosen by each partner. This is because of the allowance to educate women and men equally, resulting in socialization between the two genders. Slowly, the Palestinians are becoming less conservative and seeing the other side of the world’s view.

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Aqsa's parents give a name to her murder: an honour killing

Aqsa's parents give a name to her murder: an honour killing | Zimmerman West Bank | Scoop.it
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Honor killing is a very specific violence against women that knows no borders. The crime can be as simple as a daughter arguing with her father, or refusing to participate in come of their family’s cultural aspects such as an arranged marriage, not wearing traditional clothing, or becoming “impure.” In the specific case of the article, Aqsa's parents give a name to her murder: an honor killing, Aqsa wished to spend time with her friends and participate in Western culture. As she argued with her father about this, she became scared for her life knowing that her father wanted to kill her. In this case, her father and brother were seen as guilty in the court and sentenced to eighteen years in jail. Some communities are seeing these honor crimes as a problem, while some are staying silent.

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Recovered memory therapy - Better Health Channel

Recovered memory therapy - Better Health Channel | Zimmerman West Bank | Scoop.it
Recovered memories are memories of traumatic events that are remembered but had previously been 'forgotten'. They are often associated with past experience of childhood abuse, but may also relate to trauma such as war, natural disasters or genocide.
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Recovered memories are memories that have been forgotten because of a traumatic event in life that are recovered after some time of the incident. These events are often associated with child abuse, war, natural disasters, or genocide. Experts say that memory can be inaccurately stored, not stored at all, fade or change over time, or be distorted when it is remembered. This is why it is said that recovered memories are often not accurate. It is possible that the false memories could not have happened at all or are just a misunderstanding of what actually happened. These memories may be recovered over time or with help from therapy, but may also be severely damaged because of therapy.

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