Friday, August 27, 2010

Not Such Good News About Women from Around the World

In contrast to what's going on here in the USA and elsewhere that is upbuilding, generous and loving involving women (see posts below), here are two stories from earlier today that - well, they speak for themselves:

Doctors remove nails allegedly hammered into maid by employers
By Iqbal Athas, For CNN
August 27, 2010 9:43 a.m. EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Doctors at a Sri Lankan hospital operated for three hours Friday to remove 18 nails and metal particles allegedly hammered into the arms, legs and forehead of a maid by her Saudi employer.

Dr. Kamal Weeratunga said the surgical team in the southern town of Kamburupitiya pulled nails ranging from about one to three inches from Lahadapurage Daneris Ariyawathie's body. He said doctors have not yet removed four small metal particles embedded in her muscles.

"She is under heavy antibiotics but in a stable condition," Weeratunga said.

Sri Lankan officials, meanwhile, met with Saudi diplomats in Colombo to urge an investigation into the incident.

"It was cruel treatment which should be roundly condemned," said L.K. Ruhunuge of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.

He said the Sri Lanka government has forwarded to Saudi authorities a detailed report on the incident including statements from Ariyawathie.

Ariyawathie left Sri Lanka on March 25 to work as a housemaid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia after the bureau registered her as a person obtaining a job from an officially recognized job agency.

She was held down by her employer's wife while the employer hammered the heated nails, Ruhunuge told CNN. She apparently had complained to the couple that she was being overworked, Ruhunuge said.

The nails were hammered into her arms and legs while one was on her forehead, he said.

Rest of article.

Officials: Schoolgirls, teachers sick from poison gas
August 25, 2010
Dozens of schoolgirls and teachers were sickened Wednesday by poison gas in Afghanistan, medical and government officials said.

The latest incident, this one at a high school, is the ninth such case involving the poisoning of schoolgirls, said Asif Nang, spokesman for the nation's education ministry.

Dr. Kabir Amiri said 59 students and 14 teachers were brought to the hospital, and were faring better.

"We don't have good equipment to verify the kind of gas that they were poisoned with, but we have taken their blood tests to send to Turkmenistan for verifying the type of gas" that was used, Amiri said.

Many Afghan girls were not allowed to attend school during the Taliban's rule from 1996 to 2001. Girls' schools began reopening after the Islamist regime was toppled. The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, estimates that 2 million Afghan girls attend school these days.

But female educational facilities, students and teachers have come under vicious attack as the insurgency has strengthened and spread from Taliban strongholds in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand.

A report compiled last year by the humanitarian agency CARE documented 670 education-related attacks in 2008, including murder and arson. Much of the violence in what CARE called an "alarming trend" occurred at girls' schools.

June: Another suspected poisoning at girls school
May: What caused illness in girls school?
April: Taliban suspected of sickening students

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

If you think I'm being hysterical, I remind you that less than a week ago the Taliban publicly stoned a woman and a man to death for wanting to marry each other against the wishes of their families.  This was called "adultery."

Taliban stones couple for adultery in Afghanistan - USATODAY.comAug 16, 2010 ... Taliban militants stoned a young couple to death for adultery after they ran away from their families in northern Afghanistan, ...

Taliban stone couple to death for adultery - World news - South ...Aug 16, 2010 ... Taliban militants in northern Afghanistan stoned a young couple to death for adultery, which a rights group said was the first confirmed use ...

Taliban Stone Couple For Adultery: First Confirmed Case Since 2001 ...Aug 17, 2010 ... Human rights activists are indignant as the Taliban stone a couple for the first time since 2001 in Kunduz, Afghanistan. ...[Human rights activists are indignant?  They are INDIGNANT about such an atrocity?  What fricking planet are those people living on?]

Taliban Stones Couple to Death for Illegal... | GatherAug 17, 2010 ... Aug 17, 2010 The Taliban stoned a couple to death for illegal adultery in Afghanistan over the weekend in what was called the first time ...

We know what stripe the Taliban are.  Why is it so hard to believe they are attacking innocent children and teachers?  Every single Muslim in this country should be standing up on her or his rooftop shouting at the top of their lungs condemning the actions of these barbarians.  Why am I hearing - nothing?

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