Everyday Atrocities

My GOD.  I NEVER use His name in vain, and I haven’t started today.  I KNOW that this article is not shocking news in the world we live in.  That’s the part that made me cry.  It’s just another tale of atrocities, that as a female born and raised in America, I continue to find IMPOSSIBLE to wrap my priveledged little head around. 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage.

“These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them,” Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan province, said Saturday. “Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid.”

The women, three of whom were teenagers, were first shot and then thrown into a ditch.

They were still breathing as their bodies were covered with rocks and mud, according media reports and human rights activists, who said their only “crime” was that they wished to marry men of their own choosing.


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7 thoughts on “Everyday Atrocities”

  1. Stories like that are just… surreal. They bring tears to my eyes, and I feel useless, because no matter which charities or organizations I may support, I don’t understand what I can do to help STOP atrocities like this from occurring. I can’t change people’s belief systems. It’s hideous though that a lawmaker DEFENDED the decision.

  2. Apologies, fyreflixie, for not responding to your comment – I’m a little slow and just realized this is how you create a dialogue. BTW, I adore that you described your feeling towards these events with the word, “useless”. That was the heavy sentiment leaning on my heart that I couldn’t name. Thanks.

  3. I read another article on this today that elaborated. The killers were close family members that, after getting the news from an evesdropping taxi driver that the girls intended to elope with men of their choosing, piled in their SUV’s and hunted them down. Once found, they were apparently kicked and hit and taken home to be beaten again and, finally, to stand “trial” by their father. The verdict was “death”. Three of the women killed were teenagers and two were older female relatives who begged for the lives of the girls.

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