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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 book that I read was “ Burned Alive” in which Souad talks about her life and what she went through. Souad was born and spent her childhood in a village in West Bank. This village was ruled by men and women were treated worse than animals.. Having more than two or three daughters in a household was considered bad and everyone wanted to have sons.It was normal to kill girls whether at birth or any other reasons to keep the family’s honor. These girls were not allowed to step outside of the house without being with their male guardians and even when they did step outside of the house they had to walk with their face down and were not allowed to look or talk to any men around them. Souad was 17 when there was a man named Faiez who had sent a proposal to Soaud’s father for her hand in marriage. Souad knew she had to wait for her older sister to get married but she was really impatient and committed a crime in her village. She would stalk Faiez from the terrace and not only did she fall in love with him, but she also got pregnant. Souad was able to hide it for a while, but later on her parents found out and they planned to burn her. Souad’s brother in law was supposed to kill her, but Soaud ran for her life and was burned yet alive. Jacqueline who worked for SURGIR had rescued Souad and her son form the hospital with many difficulties and helped them move to Europe. Their Souad had built her new life by going through many difficulties, but at the end of the book she lives peacefully with all of her children.

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In Afghanistan, Women Betrayed | Human Rights Watch

In Afghanistan, Women Betrayed | Human Rights Watch | Naviwala West Bank | Scoop.it
When, in late November, I read a draft law prepared by Afghan government officials that reintroduced execution by stoning as the punishment for the “crime” of adultery, I was horrified but not that surprised.
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The Human Rights Watch talks bout how women in Afghanistan are being tortured. There are six hundred women in jail including juvenile and only because of moral crimes. The women are forced to take virginity tests which are used against them in court. The government is going against them and there is no way to help them. Laws are only getting worse for women in Afghanistan. Women are not allowed to even go to testify against their family members for domestic violence and such crimes. There are human rights activist in Afghanistan who are fighting for their rights to send women to school and to let them join the army and civil services. They have been working for twelve years now and they have accomplished so much, so no matter what comes their way they are ready to fight for their rights and equality. 

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Soliloquy: Damn… A baby girl! Kill… Kill her..

Soliloquy: Damn… A baby girl! Kill… Kill her.. | Naviwala West Bank | Scoop.it
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This pictue shows how baby girsl are killed at birth and no one is there to do anything about it. It is custom and the mother has to put a rock on her heart and do what she has to do. The mother is also hopeless and wishes she could save her baby girl, but she has to do what the customs are. I think its crazy how people can be so inhumane and kill their baby girls. The baby girl has done nothing, she's as pure as an angel. 

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A Fight to Save Baby Girls in India

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Valli Annamalai, the head of the Mother and Child Welfare Project in Tamil Nadu, has seen progress in her effort to end the area's reputation as one of the worst places for "gendercide" in India.
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This article talks about how girls are killed at birth or even before they are born. Girls are consider a liability and a burden on the family. Girls are aborted or killed at birth and its the norm there and its done openly. No one has any kind of guilt on killing their daughters. They usually let the first daughter live, but the daughters they had afterwards were killed. Later on around 1991 there were people figthing for the women's rights and they tried counseling parents in keeping their daughters alive. The only way they were able to do that was to tell them to drop off their daughters at the center. A total of 146 baby girls were dropped off from 1991 to 1999. The government was opening up their minds on girls, but the only struggle was trying to open up mind sets of the typical Indian men and women. The article says that it took a lot to keep these children alive, the only struggle now was getting acceptance in their families and equal rights in their country.

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Map of West Bank

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West Bank is in Palestine, but it is not on the map becuase a lot of people say it doesn't exist anymore. Palestine and Israel are enemies becuase according to some information I have found Israel was part of Palestine which is an Islamic country, but then later on it was taken away from there. Palestine has been split into two  countries which are now enemies. They have a lot of trouble crossing borders and going from Israel to Palestine. 

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16x9 - In the Name of Honour: Honour killing tradition broken down - YouTube

Every year more than 5000 innocent women around the world are brutally murdered by their families - all in the name of honour. 16:9 investigates how the prim...
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In this documentary it shows how girls are killed in the name of honor.The shocking thing is that these honor killings occur in America. A girl named Aqsa who used to wear a hijab at a rebellious age at school took it off since she fell in love with a boy. She would wear the hijab in front of her parents and take it off when they would leave. Her parents hated black and white people and were really racist. She lost her virginity with a boy from her school. She no longer felt safe at home so she ran away. Later on her sisters sent a prank letter saying that her dad was paralyzed she came home and her brother and dad had killed her. Her dad called for an ambulance and she died at the hospital. Her dad and brother are now in jail for first-degree murder.

 

 

 

 

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This article tells us about a girl named Sonia whose parents had an arranged marriage waiting for her at the age of 10. They had decided who she was getting married to and it didn't matter if the man was much older than her. Her fiance was so called dead and her fiance's brother wanted to marry her. She was really afraid and didn't want to go through the whole arranged marriage system so she ran away from home. Her cousin had ran away from home and he parents had told her they wouldn't do anything to her, but they had stoned her to death. Due to this incident Soniawas really scared if her family would find her. The Afghanistan government claims to say that they will help them get shelter, but when Sonia had asked for help they had simply refused her.

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Slave

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Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders ...
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I would read this book next becuase I really want to know what slaves went through. I want to know the pain that they went to becuase even I could have been slavery right now, but due to these slaves we are free and are all independent. It makes me thankful and look at life at a total different perspective and to not take everything granted. I think it will make realize how valuable my life is and that I should make the most of it. 

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Surgir (Honor Crimes)

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SURGIR is a foundation which was created to help out women in the Middle East who were forced arranged marriages and given honor deaths. SURGIR helps by fighting for women and creating the awareness of women's right. It also helps out women by rescuing them and supporting them until they are stable. Honor killing is usually the biggest crime and they want the world to know that they don't need to kill women just for a tradition. They can change things around for the sake of justice. SURGIR doesn't work for domestic violence since honor killing is a bigger issue. 

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Thoughts on the struggle against "honor killing".(In Memory of Fadime Sahindal)

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This journal article, " Thoughts on the struggle against "honor killing".(In Memory of Fadime Sahindal)” talks about how a father kills his own daughter which he calls “honor killing” simply because she did not want to marry a guy that he had chosen for her. He had killed her years after she had a case against her father and brother who tried killing her since she had rejected to an arrange marriage. It is in their culture to have an arranged marriage and if the daughter says no everyone in the family has to remain quiet since they have no other choice. It is a very shameful act according to their culture and traditions therefore when they kill their own daughter or sister it is called an “honor killing”.

 

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