This is the story of Abeer, a sixteen year old teenager.
Abeer was robbed. She was robbed of her innocence. She was raped. She was killed. Then her memory raped again.
Abeer was raped by her cousin and her “brother” in law. She carried a child.
The father sued. The uncles knew.
One uncle decided to cleanse his “honor”.
He loaded his gun. Went to her house. Got into her room. Shot her 9 times in the head and chest. Left the house. Fired more bullets in the air to celebrate the “cleansing” of his honor.
Nine times she was shot. Left drowning in her own blood. She was raped. She was sixteen.
She was a kid.
Parents dropped the charges. Uncle sentenced to 10 years in prison.Less than her age. She was 16.
The system raped her memory. The system still rapes her memory and the memories of many like her.
Everyone seems to OWN a piece of this innocent soul. The uncle had a “stake” in her.
The father and the mother too.
The system is an owner too, so is the society.
The cowardice of the system and those who run it is in cahoots with a society that reduced honor to the protection of a woman’s vagina.
It doesn’t matter if she was the victim, what matters is the aura around the vagina.
Her body isn’t hers. “Honor” makes everybody part owner of her.
The only one that seems to have lost ownership of her own soul and body is the victim.
The little girl.
So here it goes:
To the unaccountable in our country: How do you sleep at night knowing that you have the power to protect future Abeers? I can’t comprehend how you can maintain an image that is at odds with the injustices that you protect in our society?!
Your inaction and deafening silence is killing the souls of the victims a million times.
Your silence is raping their memory.
Your inaction and cowardice is helping in digging the graves of other Abeers.
When will you stand up for what is morally right? When will you say enough is enough?
To those who have the power to change things but CHOOSE not to: SHAME on you.
Your political calculations are nothing but moral cowardice.
To those who read the story of Abeer and do nothing: SHAME on you.
Keep the memory of Abeer alive.
Shame our leaders into action.