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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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Souad was a young girl who grew up in a village in West Bank. The country is never specified, but she does say at one point they are from the Palestinian Territory. She was severely abused, along with her sisters and mother, by their father and sometimes their younger brother as well. Where they grew up, women were not important at all and were treated with less care than animals because at least "animals had a purpose." She was so used to being beaten so badly that it was not normal for a day to go by where she didn't receive this abuse. One of the customs in their village was that the women of the family must marry in order of their age. Since the sister older than her would never marry, she was desperate to get out of the house and find a man who would love her, although "love" was rare where they lived. She began seeing a man named Faiez who she believed loved her. He took her virginity and sex before marriage was forbidden in this area. They weren't able to marry and he stopped seeing her completely. Months went by and she realized she was pregnant. Her family found out, and her older sister got her husband to burn Souad alive because if she didn't die, the curse of her sin would haunt the family forever. While she was suffering in the hospital after running away burnt, a woman from a humanitarian organization named Jacqueline came to help her and save her life. She would this to be an interesting project but eventually got her out of the country. She took Souad and her son Marouan to Switzerland, where she would try to help them live normal lives. Eventually Souad was adopted by foster parents and Souad got married to a man named Antonio and had two children. She was very depressed, even as an adult, due to all of her life experiences that she could not forget.

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Culture of Palestine

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The customs and traditions in Palestine are very different than anything we would imagine. The laws in this country are very strict, and in this article examples are given on the way Palestinians live their lives. Many Palestinians from Gaza and some from the West Bank cross over into Israel to find jobs. In Israel, they have many low-wage jobs such as restaurant waiters, street cleaners, construction workers, and dishwashers. Also, depending on whether they are wealthy or not, their homes are very different. "Palestinians live in a variety of conditions, from refugee camps to comfortable, middle-class (or even wealthy) homes in modern towns and cities. Traditional villages have one-story houses made of white stone, with a kitchen, a room for bathing, a liwan (sitting room) for receiving guests, and a few small rooms for sleeping" (Ganeri). Also, both genders wore very specific clothing, but the women's rules to clothing was much more strict.) "This is basically a long jacket-like dress that covers the entire body, with a scarf worn on the head to cover the hair" (Ganeri). They had to be extremely covered no matter how hot it was outside.

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Women Thrive Worldwide Organization

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An estimated one in every three women worldwide experiences violence, with rates reaching as high as 70 percent in some countries.
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"Women Thrive Worldwide" is a leading nonprofit organization bringing the voice of women around the world directly to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. Women Thrive Worldwide strives for change in the way women in other country live their lives, especially from freedom of fear and violence. This organization does not accept any US Government funds; all of the support comes from private American donors. "One out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually, or otherwise abused during her lifetime with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries" (womentrive.org). They began in 1998, and have advocated for numerous laws to be passed, have won several awards and brought women's voices from around the world to Washington through partnerships.

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SURGIR Foundation

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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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The SURGIR Foundation helps women in different countries who are victims of cruel acts such as honor killings, abuse, and forced marriage. The SURGIR foundation which is a Swiss-based Foundation, located in Lausanne, has many is run by a small team of indeterminate employees and collaborating volunteers, as well as by a dozen employees in missions in targeted countries. SURGIR Foundation workers are aware of the risks they take by trying to help these women into a better life, and understand the amount of time they must put into these tasks. They do this because they know it is important in life for everyone to receive equal rights and that no woman should deserve to be treated so terribly. "Different methods are used to kill these young girls. In most cases they are poisoned, shot, strangled, stabbed, their throats slit, or they are covered in petrol and burned alive. Once the crime has been committed, the murderer is viewed by his family as a hero. He will often turn himself in to the police, who do very little" (SURGIR.com).

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Honor Killings | National Geographic Channel

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A woman in Pakistan successfully prosecuted her husband for the brutal acts and attempted murder committed against her.
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In this National Geographic documentary titled “Honor Killings,” a journalist travels to Pakistan go get a better understanding of why men kill the women in their country so often. He visits with victims and murderers himself to get more information on the topic of honor killings. More than 70% of Pakistani women are victims of domestic violence whether they end up killed or not. “Most women in the country aren’t even aware that they have rights,” the journalist says. He talks about how common it was in the rural areas, where most people live in poverty and are illiterate. He had the opportunity to meet with three murderers, one of them in which killed his own 15-year-old daughter. The murderer explains that it would be an embarrassment if men did not kill these women who have done things wrong, and that they would become the laughing stock of the community if they did nothing about it. Another man he meets with says that although he does not support the act of honor killings, it is a normal tradition for most men in these rural areas.

 

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Honor Killings

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In this article, it is explained how and why honor killings take place in certain countries, but it is mainly done in Pakistan. An honor killing is the planned murder of a female by her male family members in response to a threat to family honor or reputation. Under the laws of Islam, women in Pakistan and many other Islamic countries are considered to be the property of their male relatives, which begin with the father and brothers then the husband they later marry. A woman's conduct is seen as reflective of the honor and reputation of her family. Any behavior that is betraying a man's command will result in extreme abuse or murder. "Women have been raped, beaten, stoned to death, shot, strangled, burned alive, dismembered, disfigured, stabbed, and had their throats slashed. These atrocities are committed in the name of honor" (Lerner).

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The Price of Young Love: Going against arranged marriage

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In this New York Times article, Jack Healy writes about a true story that happened to two young people who fell in love and their consequences for not following an arranged marriage. It shows the importance of an arranged marriage and how falling in love with someone other than who your parents choose for you is shameful and will result in prison or death if anyone finds out. "in Afghanistan, a traditional Muslim society where dating is practically nonexistent and parents arrange marriages, such "moral crimes," like falling in love, can be punishable by death" (Healy). In our society, not being able to marry who you already know and love is something we cannot comprehend. In their society, if you disobey this, your own parents will kill you for this "crime." After being sent to jail, Raft and Hamila (the two young people who fell in love) were planned a death once they were released. Hamila's own father wished death upon his daughter. ""What we would ask is that the government should kill both of them," he says" (Healy).

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Honor Killing - Iraqi Girl Stoned

An Iraqi girl is stoned to death for having been seen with a boy from the wrong sect.
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This CNN clip shows an example of an Honor Killing which happens often in the Middle East. This video is about a 17 year old girl and her story.

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Map of West Bank

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Sold - Book Recommendation

Sold - Book Recommendation | Burned Alive: Pakistan | Scoop.it
Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in Nort...
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I would enjoy reading the book "Sold" because it is similar to "Burned Alive" in different ways. It is about the way women live in Nepal and their lack of rights. This is similar to "Burned Alive" because women are treated terribly, but instead of focusing on honor killings, it is about sex slavery. Reading about the hardships these women go through gives me a better understanding of their country and how their culture is much different than ours.

 

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