Freedom to love, tested in Afghanistan.
When Rafi Mohammed, a 17-year-old Tajik
Afghani, met and fell in love with his girlfriend Halima, he did not think about the rage that would erupt in her ethically conservative Hazara
neighborhood, or of the lengths to which the local police and religious leaders would go to protect the couple from an angry mob in a region of Afghanistan which has seen fewer attacks recently
and has been restored to local control. Despite -- or perhaps because of -- the violence that ensued, many of the locals have found themselves opposed to the fundamentalists, unwilling to see another pair of young lovers executed, as happened under Taliban rule
""I feel so bad. I just pray that God gives this girl back to me. I'm ready to lose my life. I just want her safe release. . . It’s the heart. When you love somebody, you don’t ask who she is or what she is. You just go for it.”
posted by markkraft
on Jul 31, 2011 -
Amina Lawal Must Not Face Death by Stoning
says UK Amnesty International. Nigerian woman, divorced & single, with 3 kids, to be executed by a Sharia Court for giving birth outside of wedlock. Other pregnant unwed mothers, such as this computer student
, are seeking asylum outside of Nigeria to avoid being stoned to death by a Nigerian Sharia Court in accordance with Islamic law principles.
Amina's whole convoluted and horrible story is laid out nicely here
. Sharia Courts, and their ilk, punish sexual and "moral offenders" through stoning, amputation
, crushing the victim with walls
or even rape
Meanwhile, in another universe, the Nigerian 419
scam has mutated into Amina Lawal's "barrister" spamming the net with pleas for cash.
Instead of that, sign the open letter to the President of Nigeria asking that death by stoning be stopped.
posted by filchyboy
on Aug 31, 2002 -