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prevents Saudi woman from marrying ‘musical’ suitor
killed, 11 injured in Houthi attack on KS Relief camp in Yemen
State Threatens to Kill Women, Children Hostages to Slow Assad Campaign
elected Quebec PM vows to bar Muslim teachers, judges from wearing hijabs
Nearly Up for Kidnapped Christian Schoolgirl, Muslim-Led Government Ignores Her
deadline passes, fate of Syrian women held by ISIS uncertain
Murad: From jihadists’ slave to global champion for women
Turkey Must Break ‘Taboo’ Against Men and Women Praying Together at Mosques
female singer’s music video causes controversy
and broken dreams: How a Sabah woman forced to marry at 13 suffered
Al Olayan appointed as first woman Saudi bank head
3 women, 1 child killed following air raid
Peace Prize awarded to Congolese doctor and Iraqi woman
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Muslim girl in love with Hindu boy tied to tree, thrashed in Bihar
18-year-old Muslim girl in Nawada district, Bihar was tied to a tree and caned
by her family members for loving a Hindu boy. Her punishment was allegedly a
result of the village panchayat's diktat.
incident happened on Wednesday (October 3) in Jogiya Maran village falling
under Rajauli police station in Nawada. She remained tied to the tree for
around five hours.
she was being thrashed, no one came to her rescue.
18-year-old girl, daughter of Mohammad Farid Ansari, fell in love with Rupesh
Kumar who hails from a neighbouring village.
of them wanted to marry but the girl's family was against the union.
September 30, the girl fled form her village to stay with Kumar. When the
family learnt of her absence, they started looking for her.
girl's family came to know that she was with Kumar and soon went to his place
to bring her back.
the panchayat was convened which directed the girl's family to punish her for
dishonouring the village. The girl was then tied to a tree and caned.
police received the incident's information and reached the spot. They took the
girl's statement. The alleged perpetrators were not arrested but instead were
given a warning.
police are also looking for Rupesh Kumar who is on the run.
— A Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a
court deemed him "religiously" unfit because he plays a musical
some parts of the Kingdom, a man who plays music is considered of having a bad
years ago the suitor, a schoolteacher for 20 years, asked for the hand of the
woman, a 38-year-old bank manager in Unaizah in Qassim province.
her family objected, saying he was not "religiously compatible" with
her because he played the oud, the oriental lute which is popular across the
woman, who was not named, took her case to the court.
lower court weighed in on the side of the family, saying the marriage could not
the suitor plays a musical instrument he is unsuitable for the woman from a
religious point of view," the court said.
woman said her uncle had approved the marriage but one of her brothers rejected
the suitor claiming he played "oud".
woman did not get married for seven years after the proposal. The same suitor
proposed to her again two years ago but her family rejected him on the same
grounds, which made the woman to take her family to the Personal Status Court.
court looked into the case and ruled in favor of the family stating that the
couple were not suitable for each other due to "religious
court did not see the need to question the suitor and took the testimony of the
brother for granted.
woman took the case to the Court of Appeals and proved that her brother's
testimony was unfounded as he only heard from a witness that her suitor played
a musical instrument.
Court of Appeals brought in the witness who, according to the woman, confessed
that he never actually saw the suitor play an instrument. He confessed that his
mother pressured him to testify against the suitor.
woman also submitted testimony from the suitor's colleagues and from the imam
of the mosque he frequents. They all vouched for the suitor saying he was a man
of good manners and strong faith.
the Court of Appeals ratified the lower court's verdict in favor of the family.
woman told Okaz/Saudi Gazette she will seek intervention from the country's
higher authorities. The bank manager said she was determined to marry her
suitor, describing him as "very pious and with a good reputation".
won't stop here. I'll take the matter to the Supreme Court. Maybe I'll find my
salvation there. I am 38 years old and holds an executive position managing
over 300 people and I have a master's degree. I'm pretty sure I know what's
best for me. The reason why I am insisting on marrying my suitor is that he has
been a teacher for 20 years and everyone who knows him vouches for his honor
and piety," said the woman. — With input from AFP
A woman was killed and many people injured on Friday after the Houthi militia
attacked the Bani Jaber camp for the displaced in Al-Khokha, Hodeidah
missiles launched by Houthi militias hit the camp which is run by the King
Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), killing one woman and
injuring many people who were staying at the camp.
condemned the attack, describing it as “a heinous crime” that did not respect
the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.
center called on the UN and its organizations to strongly condemn the attack,
which disregarded international principles and human rights. The militias have
also repeatedly stolen humanitarian and relief aid provided by the center and
hindered access to people most in need.
center also urged the UN to assume its humanitarian and social responsibility
against Houthis crimes that have ravaged the country.
special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Thursday that, by November, the
UN hopes to resume consultations between the Iranian-backed Houthis and the
internationally-recognized government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE
and the West.
first attempt in three years at talks collapsed a month ago after the Houthis
failed to turn up.
State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadis threatened to execute more than two dozen women and
children it abducted in southwest Syria if dictator Bashar al-Assad does not
stop his offensive against rebels in the region Friday.
unverified video purporting to show the terrorists killing one of the female
hostages this week sparked protests by people demanding government protection
in southwest Syria’s Sweida province, located along the border with Jordan.
Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports:
protesters shut down the headquarters of the provincial governor on Thursday,
according to residents. Discontent in Sweida, home mostly to the country’s
minority Druze religious sect, has been building since an unusually bloody
series of Islamic State attacks in July.
attacks killed more than 200 people, shocking a community that had largely
evaded the worst violence during the war. Islamic State kidnapped dozens of
women and children, whom it is now threatening to kill.
have accused the Assad regime of failing to take action to rescue the hostages.
families of the Druze hostages held by ISIS, estimated at about 30 mostly women
and children, rallied for a third day to demand action by the Assad regime to
liberate them, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) agency learned from witnesses of
kidnappings by Islamic State reflect the challenges—from administration to
security—the Assad government faces as it reasserts control across the country
after a more than seven-year war and the near defeat of Islamic State.
of Sweida said the Assad government hadn’t taken any steps to rescue the women
and children. The government wasn’t available to comment.
the fall of ISIS’ so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group
has resorted to “guerilla-style” tactics to show it is still capable of
wreaking havoc, particularly in Assad-held areas, the Journal pointed out.
the U.S.-led coalition, the Assad alliance, and their allies have dealt ISIS a
significant blow, the group continues to hold pockets of territory, mainly in
to various assessments, the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian supporters
control more territory in Syria than any other stakeholder.
ISIS remains a threat in the country.
fighters maintain an insurgency in eastern and southern Syria, and broke through
a government siege in late September to enter the eastern part of Sweida
province,” pointed out the Journal.
of the province reportedly remains under Syrian regime control.
Tuesday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was closing “in on the last group of
remaining fighters in Syria,” adding that its allies on the ground have
surrounded the “last pocket of ISIS resistance.”
the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) think-tank warned that ISIS is
regrouping to mount a “second resurgence” in Iraq and Syria despite ongoing
efforts to thwart its recovery.
newly-elected right-wing government in Canada’s French-speaking province of
Quebec has pledged to bar Muslim women wearing headscarves while working in
public service jobs.
Francois Legault announced this week, a day after his electoral victory, that
intends to introduce legislation banning teachers, police officers, judges and
other public sector employees from wearing any sort of religious symbols,
Middle East Eye news outlet reported Thursday.
think that the vast majority of Quebecers … would like to have a framework
where we say people in an authority position, they must not wear religious
signs,” Legault said as quoted in the report during a Tuesday press conference,
following his election victory on Monday.
came as a ban on the use of religious symbols in public life has remained a
heated topic of debate in the province for more than a decade.
is while the previous government in Quebec City also passed legislation – known
as bill 62 -- last October banning face-coverings while providing or receiving
public services, prompting criticism by human rights groups and legal experts,
who insisted that the law serves as an affront to religious freedoms since it
would prohibit Muslim women who wear full face veils (niqabs) from taking
public transportation, going to hospitals, or attending public school.
law is currently being challenged in court as unconstitutional.
the new government has taken an even more restrictive approach, banning all
religious symbols in the public service sector.
Legault has further declared that he would consider invoking the
notwithstanding clause, giving federal and provincial governments the power to
override the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to enact the measure.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, cautioned the new Quebec premier
earlier this week against using the exceptional provision.
not something that should be done lightly," Trudeau was quoted as saying
by CBC, adding that "careful attention" must be paid to anything that
could remove or fail to defend "the fundamental rights of Canadians."
Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) party, which secured a majority in the
provincial legislature, has also campaigned on a pledge to lower the number of
immigrants allowed into the province.
vowed during his electoral campaign to subject incoming immigrants to
French-language and values tests three years after they settle in Quebec, and
if they fail the test, they would be expelled from Canada.
to Legault’s election victory, more than 160 community groups are due to take
part in a protest rally on Sunday against racism in Montreal, the largest city
of the protest event emphasized in a statement this week that “migrants were
heavily scapegoated” during the election campaign.
again, women wearing hijabs have been targeted by proposals that would bar them
from working, even as teachers,” they added.
rise in Islamophobic and anti-Muslim sentiments across the US, Canada, and
Western Europe has been widely attributed to hateful rhetoric against Muslims
by US President Donald Trump.
clock is ticking down for 15-year old Leah Sharibu. The Nigerian Christian
schoolgirl has stood firm in her faith and it may cost Leah her life.
is the only Christian among 110 girls abducted by Boko Haram from a school in
Dapchi (northern Nigeria) February 15, 2018. In late March, the terrorists
freed all the abducted Dapchi girls except for Leah because she refused to
renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam.
government reportedly paid a ransom to win the release of the 109 Muslim school
girls, but not Leah. Nigerian Christians say the Muslim-led government left
Leah behind because it considers Christians of lesser value than Muslims.
Leah's parents are pleading with the Nigerian government to get involved to
save their daughter's life.
human rights attorney Emmanuel Ogebe recently met with Leah's parents in
Nigeria and he said they told him the government has yet to respond to their
pleas for help.
to this point the government hasn't so much as contacted the family of Leah.
They've not spoken to her father or her mother since the day Leah was abducted,"
said Leah's parents have only heard media reports featuring government
officials saying they are doing their best to help the Christian girl.
said people close to the terrorists told him the government needs to comply
with the kidnapper's ransom demands. The amount they are demanding is not
publicly known, but Ogebe said it has increased.
what I hear, the terrorists have asked for a higher ransom because they see the
world paying attention to this 15-year old. We don't know for political reasons
with their coming elections if the government will decide to pay a ransom for
her. It's unclear," Ogebe said.
September 17th the terrorists released a video showing the shooting death of an
International Red Cross humanitarian worker. They warned they will kill Leah
and two abducted UNICEF staff members if their ransom is not paid within
contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages, but the
government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood," warned a Boko
Haram spokesman. "The other nurse and midwife will be executed in a
similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu."
fate of more than 30 Syrian women who were kidnapped by ISIS after it carried
out a series of coordinated suicide attacks and shootings in the Syrian
province of Sweida, is still unknown after ISIS recently threatened to kill
leaked a video on Tuesday where they murdered a woman they had abducted in
Sweida, south of Damascus, after negotiations through a mediator failed.
of the masked men in the video said that they would execute all those abducted
within a maximum of three days if Bashar al-Assad’s regime did not comply with
its demand to release all ISIS members the regime had detained. The deadline ISIS
gave to comply with their demands ended on Thursday.
on social media identified the woman in the video as Thuraya Abu Ammar.
According to the Sweida24 news site, the woman was 25 years old, and was
kidnapped on July 25 during the attack.
social and political figures within the Druze-majority province accused the
Assad regime of “laxity” and neglecting to protect the residents of the
province, most of whom refused to join the military operations against other
to many media outlets, multiple sources from the province accused the Assad
regime of causing the massacre following an agreement with ISIS that called for
their transfer from southern Damascus to the eastern desert of Sweida. The
sources added that this transfer enabled ISIS to carry out its military
operation easily, especially in the absence of Assad’s militants.
committee in charge of following-up on the kidnappings has made a public
apology and stated its continued efforts to negotiate with ISIS. The committee
also stressed that they faced many “obstacles”, the details of which they
declined to disclose at the moment.
committee’s apology reveals that they did not know of the murder at the time of
its release. The statement said that the kidnappers did not make “any demands
[that were] to be discussed [by the committee]”.
the video released by ISIS on October first shows a fighter demanding that the
Assad regime release its captives and stop its military operation in al-Safa
region in exchange for the Druze abductees.
Iraq (AFP) — Nadia Murad survived the worst cruelties ever inflicted on her
people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause
and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Friday, Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the prize
for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war,” Nobel
committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in
25-year-old Murad, her thin, pale face framed by her long brown hair, once lived
a quiet life in her village near the mountainous Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar in
northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria.
when the Islamic State jihadist group stormed across swathes of the two
countries in 2014, her fate changed forever and her nightmare began.
day in August that year, pick-up trucks bearing the black flag of the jihadists
swept into her village, Kocho.
fighters set about killing the men, taking children captive to train them as
fighters and condemning thousands of women to a life of forced labor and sexual
Murad and her friend Lamia Haji Bashar, joint recipients of the EU’s 2016
Sakharov human rights prize, continue the fight for the 3,000 Yazidis who
remain missing, presumed still in captivity.
fighters wanted “to take our honor, but they lost their honor,” said Murad, now
a United Nations goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking.
is an evil she personally experienced during a harrowing three months.
being captured by IS fighters, Murad was taken by force to Mosul, the de facto
“capital” of the IS’s self-declared caliphate.
her ordeal she was held captive and repeatedly gang-raped, tortured and beaten.
jihadists organized slave markets for selling off the women and girls, and
Yazidi women were forced to renounce their religion.
the jihadists, with their ultra-strict interpretation of Islam, the Yazidis are
seen as heretics.
Kurdish-speaking community follows an ancient religion, revering a single God
and the “leader of the angels,” represented by a peacock.
thousands of Yazidis, Murad was forcibly married to a jihadist, beaten and
forced to wear makeup and tight clothes — an experience she later related in
front of the United Nations Security Council.
first thing they did was they forced us to covert to Islam,” Murad told AFP in
by the violence, Murad set about trying to escape, and managed to flee with the
help of a Muslim family from Mosul.
with false identity papers, she managed to cross the few dozen kilometers to
Iraqi Kurdistan, joining crowds of other displaced Yazidis in camps.
she learned that six of her brothers and her mother had been killed.
the help of an organization that assists Yazidis, she joined her sister in
Germany, where she lives today.
has since dedicated herself to what she calls “our peoples’ fight,” becoming a
well-known spokeswoman even before the #MeToo movement swept the world.
Yazidis numbered around 550,000 in Iraq before 2014, but some 100,000 have
since left the country.
others have fled and remain in Iraqi Kurdistan, reluctant to return to their
and soft-spoken Murad has now become a global voice, campaigning for justice
for her people and for the acts committed by the jihadists to be recognized
internationally as genocide.
she and the Yazidis have won a high-profile supporter — Lebanese-British lawyer
and rights activist Amal Clooney, who also penned the foreword to Murad’s book,
“The Last Girl,” published in 2017.
same year, the UN Security Council committed to helping Iraq gather evidence of
in contrast to all the tragedies that have befallen her, recent pictures on
Murad’s Twitter feed show happier times.
August, she announced her engagement to fellow Yazidi activist Abid Shamdeen.
struggle of our people brought us together & we will continue this path
together,” she wrote.
a photo showed her next to a young man in a bow tie, her face still framed by
her long brown hair, but this time, bearing a broad smile.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told attendees at an event Thursday that the
government, and its Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) specifically,
must do a better job of encouraging men and women to pray together at mosques,
calling that segregation of sexes a “wrong taboo.”
was speaking at an event to observe “Mosques and Religious Officials Week,” a
staple event in the country since 1986. He has adamantly encouraged women to
take on homemaker roles and called birth control “treason” in the past, but in
this case encouraged more women and children to come to mosques in the interest
of advancing Islamic worship.
is a nominally secular state, established with strict separation of mosque and
state under founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Erdoğan and his Islamist Justice and
Development Party (AKP) have used their power to significantly undermine this
divide in the past decade, however, increasingly empowering Islamic voices in
event featured a government call for more Turks to regularly attend mosques.
is my personal duty to encourage open discussion of all questions related to
religion and mosques in this country,” the president said, according to Turkish
newspaper Hurriyet. “Is there a verse or hadith [in the Quran] that bars women
from going to mosques?”
have never heard of it or have read of such a thing. My tutors have never
taught me anything like that. These false beliefs must be dispelled,” he
continued. “There are mentalities that show this as Islam. But we need to get
rid of these. These wrong taboos need to be destroyed now. And this needs to be
done by the president of Diyanet. If the deputy president of Diyanet is
currently a woman, that is a sign such taboos are being destroyed.”
insisted the government has a role in advancing Islam. “A society cannot
maintain its existence if its ties to its civilizational values have been
weakened just as is the case of a tree whose roots have been severed. Religion,
wisdom, morality, and justice are load-bearing pillars that support us as a
nation,” he contended.
noted that if Turks are moving away from religion, he saw this as a fault on
the part of the government.
language of sermons and khutbas should be updated, renewed and refined for
youth to understand. Also, our religious officials should avoid otherizing and
alienating expressions in all forms and kinds,” the president said.
emphasized that every Turk must participate in mosque life, according to his
point of view. “In my eyes, a mosque is empty without our children’s joy, our
youth’s excitement, our elderly’s experience, our women’s grace and dexterity.
If we are to build the future, we should encourage a mosque-centered life,” he
Stockholm Center for Freedom adds that Erdoğan referred to the Diyanet as an
“army” to be used in Islamic recruitment.
such an army we cannot get the results we expect. We should work more,” he
reportedly said, adding that the Diyanet must encourage a “mosque-centric
Stockholm Center notes that Erdoğan’s language has changed little throughout
his political career and has gotten him in trouble during more secular times in
Turkish history. In 1998, Erdoğan was convicted of “inciting religious hatred”
for reading a poem in public, which stated in part, “The mosques are our
barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our
Christian groups have objected to Erdoğan’s remarks this week, given the
increasingly hostile treatment of Christians in the country. The group
International Christian Concern noted that, while Erdoğan emphasized the
importance of Islamic religious life in mosques as social centers, “many
Christians have repeatedly petitioned the government to allow them to open official
churches and train their own pastoral leaders. Success has been minimal.
Instead, the government under Erdoğan’s leadership has only increased its
pressure on Christians.” In addition to preventing Christians from opening new
houses of worship, Erdoğan’s government has increased the number of church
seizures, limiting the ability of Christians to serve their communities and
religious minorities in Turkey, like the Christians, Jews, and a few others,
suffer from unequal treatment. … The religious minorities are believed to be
enemies of the state,” Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan, the executive director of the
Alliance for Shared Values, said in remarks in March.
has openly admitted to wanting to increase the scope and influence of Islam in
Turkish life, calling for a “pious generation” of Muslims to “work for the
construction of a new civilization.” He has also publicly criticized Atatürk
for reforms in language, consolidating the Turkish language into a Latin
alphabet form and, according to Erdoğan, “attacking” it with “unpleasant, dull
and soulless words” from Western languages.
Atatürk is a crime in Turkey, subject to up to three years in prison.
Arabia is playing host to interesting developments after Crown Prince Muhammad
bin Salman vowed to promote a more moderate form of Islam and loosened strict
social rules like a ban on women driving.
Mohammed launched his Vision 2030 program with promises to fundamentally
transform Saudi Arabia’s economy, however his reforms have been subject to
various reactions, the latest of which have been directed toward the
recently-released video clip that stars Waad Mohammad.
clip, which was launched on the 88th anniversary of the founding of Saudi
Arabia, is the first of its kind; that is, an English song has been verbalized
for the first time. Additionally, Muhammad is seen without a headscarf and
dancing in the clip.
now let go. It’s time to give the world our show. There’s nowhere like Saudi,”
she sings in the music video.
crown prince’s reforms have been accompanied by a harsh crackdown on dissent, a
purge of top royals and businessmen on corruption charges, and a costly war in
Yemen now in its fourth year.
LUMPUR, Oct 5 — Sail Ayu was only 13 years old when she was forced to marry a
from a poor family in Tenom, Sabah, her parents could not afford to pay for her
we were young, our life was very hard. We had to wake up early in the morning.
We would be up at 5am and walk to school. We had to walk for three miles,” she
said in a Facebook video posted by Sabah Women’s Action-Resource Group earlier
we were walking home, the weather would be hot and we didn’t have anything to
eat or drink. So, when we were walking home, we had to drink the river water
first. I always wanted to go to secondary school.”
the struggle, Sail said she always got good grades when sitting for primary
school examinations, which motivated her to continue to secondary school.
I didn’t get to go,” said Sail, who is now 59.
changed, when Sail was forced to get married.
admitted, at that time, she had no idea at all about weddings — only that she
was told to wear something nice for the wedding
didn’t even know that man was my husband. We just sat there. Everyone else was
looking at us, clapping their hands, but I wasn’t even sure if I felt happy.
Why? Because I didn’t know what marriage was.
didn’t know the meaning of marriage, what happens after that. That was how I
felt. I felt scared,” she continued.
was when she started to feel disappointed with her own life, that she was
crying so much.
father saw me crying and he caned me,” she said, adding that she was beaten
just for wanting to go to school.
look at my friends. There were some who became teachers. Some became nurses. Why
couldn’t I be just like them? I studied hard,” she said solemnly, recalling her
to constant heartbreak, Sail said she attempted suicide twice. While she was
determined to drink poison, she admitted she did not have the courage.
I drank the poison, who’s going to take care of my child? I didn’t forget that,
but what could I have done? Maybe Maybe that was God’s will for me,” she said,
struggling to hold back her tears.
I wasn’t forced to get married at such a young age, maybe my husband wouldn’t
have married me. I would be in a better place right now.
I don’t blame him. What could we have done, right?” she asked.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal finally caved in and confirmed
that the state government will raise the minimum age of marriage to 18, despite
its state mufti’s proposal for Muslim girls to marry as early as 14.
woman has been appointed to run a Saudi Arabian bank in a first for women in
businesswoman Lubna Al Olayan will chair a new bank being formed out of a
merger between the Saudi British Bank (SABB) and Alawwal Bank.
move comes amid a liberalisation of women's roles in a traditionally
June, Saudi women were officially allowed behind the wheel for the first time,
after a driving ban was lifted.
the head of a family conglomerate, Ms Olayan is seen as a trailblazer for Saudi
women in the finance industry.
US-educated financier topped the list of Forbes Middle East's Most Influential
empowerment of Saudi women is seen as key to the kingdom's modernisation as
part of an initiative led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman known as Saudi
merger between the SABB and Alawwal Bank creates the country's third biggest
bank, with a capitalisation of £13.2bn ($17.2bn). British multinational bank
HSBC will own part of the new entity.
Shadi Khan Saif
least four civilians, including three women and a child, were killed in
Afghanistan's restive Kandahar province on Friday following an air raid,
according to a local official.
police spokesman Zia Durrani told Anadolu Agency that the Taliban caused the
casualties by firing at a wedding party in the Maruf district after coming
under air raid by security forces.
foreign forces targeted two vehicles of the Taliban in Khogyani area of the
district, but they escaped and tried to hide in a wedding party, and from there
the rebels and the security forces exchanged fire," he said.
confirmed a child and three women were killed in the incident, while seven more
women and another child were wounded.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has not commented on the
incident yet. The Taliban claims the civilians were killed due to the air raid.
month, the UN in Afghanistan expressed serious concerns over surging civilian
casualties in airstrikes.
a statement, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said
353 civilian casualties including 149 deaths and 204 injured were documented in
the first six months of 2018 from aerial strikes, a 52 percent increase from
the same period in 2017.
UNAMA attributed 52 percent of all civilian casualties from aerial attacks to
the Afghan Air Force, 45 percent to international military forces, and the
remaining three percent to unidentified pro-government forces.
Stefan J. Bos
Norwegian Nobel Committee made clear it wanted to send a special message about
sexual violence with this year's Nobel Peace price. It said that the "Nobel Peace Prize for
2018" was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts
to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."
laureates, it said, "have made a crucial contribution to focusing
attention on, and combating, such war crimes."
Nobel Committee said there were good reasons to award the Nobel Peace Prize to
Dr. Mukwege and Murad, who was named the United Nations first Goodwill
Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. "Denis
Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these
63-year old Dr. Mukwege founded a hospital in Eastern Congo and treated
thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape.
also provides HIV/AIDS treatment as well as free maternal care.
the Second Congo War, which killed more than five million people, formally
ended in 2003, violence remains rampant, with militias frequently targeting
Mkwege's hospital was the subject of threats, and in 2012 his home was invaded
by armed men who held his daughters at gunpoint, shot at him and killed his
Nobel Committee also noted the bravery of his fellow Peace Prize laureate
Murad, saying that she tackled sexual violence by speaking about her
experiences in Iraq. "Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses
perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in their own way has
helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence so that the
perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions."
is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women’s
rights in general. She was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in
Mosul, Iraq, in 2014.
isn't alone: An estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape
and other abuses by Islamic militants. She managed to escape after three months
and chose to speak about her experiences.
was only 23 when she was named the U.N.‘s Goodwill Ambassador and her book,
“The Last Girl,” tells of her captivity, the loss of her family and her
year Nadia Murad met the pope, who expressed deep concern about sexual violence
and other atrocities.
that conversation at the Vatican, she sought spiritual support for the
suffering of her people and thanked him for having spoken out about crimes not
just against Christians but also against other ethnic and religious minorities,
including the Yazidi.
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