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Friday, September 16, 2011

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The Marine soldier writing this story is coping with the indignity he sees being played out against women and female children, feeling helpless as to stop it.

Afghanistan, Late Summer (September), 2011~

I continue to see crimes being committed right in front of my nose: women and female children continue to be at the mercy of their male conterparts (or males in general).  

The hatred I have for these people (not so much the women or the girls, but the men) continues to flow through my veins.  That is hard for me because I am a Christian, but whenever I see injustice being played out over and over, then I want to go and hurt these m.f.'ers and I won't be responsible for my actions.

Like that little ten-year-old girl who was gang-raped by a group of men, and they didn't stop, even as she cried and begged for mercy.  The child was left to lie in her own blood and then die when nobody came to her rescue.

Or the woman who was forced to endure a stoning because she gossiped about her husband. The woman didn't die, thank goodness, but she was ostracized, and now, nobody wants to have anything to do with her.

Or, as another example, the woman with the disfigured face.  She had apparently cheated on another man; turned out that it was her husband's boss.  The husband flew into a fit of rage and purposely poured hot oil on her and then set her ablaze, severely burning her face, neck, and shoulders.  The woman, perhaps once beautiful, is now a prisoner by her disability and is now shunned by the people of the village.  Nobody wants to have anything to do with her.

And the most recent case:  a little girl of no more than four, was kicked by her father and brothers because she accidentally peed herself.  Did a situation like that call for such a harsh punishment?  I felt sorry for the child, who was crying hysterically.  My heart went out to her.  I wanted nothing more than to pick up the waif and hold her in my arms as I tried to whisper comforting words into her ear.

I don't understand why women or female children are treated so badly.  I'm glad I don't run this country.  If I did, I would punish the men for numerous crimes against women and children, and imprison those who purposely injure or maim a woman or child; if they are guilty of murder, imprison them for life with no chance of ever having parole.  I would make it to where a child or a woman would not be forced to wear such heavy clothing that hides their features; I would want to see the person underneath the clothing.

I would have better educational opportunities for these women or children, or if they were elderly or infirm, make sure that they got the care/respect they deserved.

That would be a very difficult task because such blatant abuse against the women or children has gone on for centuries.  People (men and boys) would not be so accepting, so I would probably be the target of death threats or warrented attacks on my person.  Perhaps, that is why I am glad I am an American, not a citizen of this godforsaken country called Afghanistan.

It isn't just like that here: such occurrances are common in other countries like Iraq, Iran, Pakistan: anywhere here in the Middle East.  Many women and children are being abused, and it just sickens me to no end.

All I can do for these women or children is pray that somehow, some way, that they get the help they so desperately need and that the men and boys somehow responsible for their demise are severely punished for their complacency and crimes.

~End of part two.~

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/16/2011
Powerful story Karen, well done as always it makes me so angry when I see the way some people are treated
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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/16/2011
And yet, we're not supposed to engage the enemy, because it offends them?!??? GRRRRRRRRR Something is seriously wrong. If they don't value human life, they're less than animals!!!! Well done, Karen, HEARTBREAKING write.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/16/2011
Spine chilling tale, Karen. Well done.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/16/2011
Many women and children are being abused, and it just sickens me to no end.

And it never seems to end, all over this extremely sad and cruel planet we live on.

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