Deadly crush continued…

Readers may remember the Iraqi teenager who was beaten to death by her father for having a crush on a British soldier (- see this post). It has now emerged that her mother – Leila Hussein – has been shot dead after denouncing and divorcing her husband for their daughter’s murder. Leila Hussein received support from a small NGO in Basra who campaign for women’s rights. They were trying to smuggle her to safety in Jordan when she was shot. People involved in the organisation regularly receive death threats, and some have been killed. Here is the Guardian report.

6 thoughts on “Deadly crush continued…

  1. I blogged about this recently and noted the frustration of being unable to concretely help women such as Rand and Leila. They seem unreachable. I received the following email from a French reader:

    “I realize there is no shortage of ghastly events everywhere that demand our attention but each of us is especially touched by one or other. The case of Leila Hussein has been hammering round my head since Sunday. She vanished very quickly from the press and is remembered in just a few blogs. I wrote to Al- Jazeera to ask why there was no coverage but have received no reply. It occurred to me that maybe a teeshirt campaign would take off – I imagined millions of people wearing her image to demonstrate that her courage was not forgotten and to show the Islamic world that we are disgusted and outraged and perhaps to encourage sensitive and intelligent Muslims to wear it also to distance themselves from such practices. Letters have been written to the authorities in Basra to press for the arrest of the father and brothers but I feel this campaign could address the issue in another way. What do you think ?”

    I haven’t responded yet bc I just don’t know…what’s most effective? What gets the most benefit to affected individuals? Is direct assistance so difficult to provide in reality that our focus should be on awareness campaigns, pressuring the offending parties with economic measures, etc.? I just don’t know about what works and what doesn’t. I’d really appreciate hearing from anyone who does knows, has some ideas, etc. It’s very, very frustrating.

  2. It’s so important that she isn’t forgotten, not just because of her but also because forgetting her is really turning our back until the next tragedy forces us to look.

    The Guardian article – or one of the links – makes it clear that a number of women need help. I wonder about setting up some sort of fund in her name. Something like “Do Not Forget Leila Hussein.” Paypal makes these easy. I expect that a lot of feminist blogs would alert their readers. The difficulty would be getting the money to those in need, but I think there are authentic organizations and so presumably some way of reaching them. If it could be done in the US and in France…T-Shirts are terrific, but the net is cheaper. It could all be done without any overhead except for what paypal charges and the human energy.

  3. oh no…..

    Maybe it is ignorance of the situation but I can’t help but think – she really needed to leave the area as fast as possible. Enough people knew about her story. Somehow we should have been able to save her.

  4. CNZ, it is tragic that we didn’t help sooner. I have a hard time accepting that some tragedy becomes a ‘learning situation.’ But I’m sure it is worse if we don’t learn and so fail again to try to help.

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