I'm not the least bit bothered to confess that I wept for this girl. She deserves full credit for her courage, and her strong sense of morality, even when it went unrequited by her disgusting family.
Isn't that something else? To hear an 11-year old talking about suicide, children killing themselves, and a woman in a forced marriage who set herself on fire ...
Words seem inadequate.
btw actually it was a 14-year old girl who set herself on fire, that she talks about.
And pardon my French, but THAT is fuckin' TRAGIC.
Wow. What a courageous young woman.
I hope that everything works out for her.
THAT ... is one VERY OLD 11 year old girl ... one VERY SHARP 11 year old girl ... and one very self-possessed 11 year old girl ... who, I will bet the farm, will grow to be an even sharper, stronger, more focused and self-possessed young woman.
Malala Yousafzai? You got COMPANY!
I saw something about the 9-month abduction of Elizabeth Smart, which was considered a horrendous crime in the USA, her captor was on the FBI's Most Wanted List ...
Yet what Elizabeth Smart went through was mild compared to what this 11 year old describes, as almost a standard part of her culture!
You've touched on something important here, Luara. Call me a shit disturber, but I truly believe that there exists a racist aspect to our tolerance of Islamic brutality. For example, in Britain, where female "circumcision" is common practice, I can't help but think that the outcry would be hundreds of fold greater, were it the case that little white girls were being mutilated and permanently scarred. Thoughts on this?
There seems to be a toxic kind of "political correctness" in Europe and the UK, in this case a newer version of the mentality that a man's home is his castle and one doesn't interfere, even if people are screaming in there.
It sounds different from the USA - here we tend to feel more that this is one country with one legal system. I don't know of groups here with their own separate law enforcement, as Muslims apparently are in the UK with the "sharia councils". At least, not to that extent.