Monday, June 2, 2008

Mother who defied the killers is gunned down

'No man can accept being left by a woman in Iraq. But I would prefer to be killed than sleep in the same bed as a man who was able to do what he did to his own daughter.'

It is not known who killed Leila. All that is known is that she was staying at the house of 'Mariam', one of the women's rights campaigners, whose identity The Observer has agreed not to reveal. On the morning of 17 May, they were joined by another volunteer worker and set off to meet 'a contact' who was to help Leila travel to Amman, where she would be taken in by an Iraqi family.
'Leila was anxious, but she was also happy at having the chance to leave Iraq,' said Mariam. 'Since the death of her daughter, her own life was at serious risk. And this was a great opportunity for her to leave the country and to fight for Iraqi women's rights.
'She had not been able to sleep the night before. I stayed up talking to her about her plans after she arrived in Amman. I gave her some clothes to take with her and she was packing the only bag she had. She was too excited to sleep.'
Mariam said that when she awoke Leila had already prepared breakfast, cleaned her house and even baked a date cake as a thank-you for the help she had been given. After the arrival of 'Faisal', the volunteer (whose identity is also being protected), the three left the house at 10.30am and started walking to the end of the street to get a taxi. They had walked less than 50 metres when they heard a car drive up fast and then gunshots rang out. The attack, said by witnesses to have been carried out by three men, was over in minutes. Leila was hit by three bullets. Mariam was hit in her left arm and Faisal in her left leg. 'I didn't realise I had been shot for a few seconds, because as I heard the gunfire I saw Leila falling to the ground and saw blood pouring from her head,' said Mariam. 'I was so shocked, I didn't immediately feel the pain.'

The story is here: The Observer

I've been told, and it is true that honour killings pre-date Islam and that they also happen in other religions as well. Ok, I'll buy that for a dollar, but with the frequency of honour killings in Islamic society, and the fact that the honour is attached to the religion...well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

I posted recently about Leila's daughter Rand and this is a follow up of sorts to that.

My question is this: Where is the outrage? Where are all the human rights activists?

Pam Gellar at Atlas Shrugs asks these questions all the time and it seems they fall on so many deaf ears. Where are the Feminists? At what point do we wake up and admit there is a problem here that bears scrutiny and more importantly, action?

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