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All Muslim Delegation Takes a Shot at Negotiations.

19 Apr


Picture / Paul Estcourt, NZ Herald

The Tehran Times Reports, in Good News For Darfur, that Yvonne Ridley, a former British journalist captured by the Taliban in September 2001, while on assignment in Afghanistan for the conservative, middle-market British tabloid newspaper The Daily Express, who slightly over two years subsequent to her capture converted to Islam (writing an op-ed on the WAPO in October 2006, while while political editor of Islam Channel TV in London, How I Came to Love the Veil, and authoring the book In the Hands of the Taliban) is part of a Muslim only venture to sit down a talk to
Tribal leaders, and government opposition rivals, about the ongoing crisis in Darfur.

This effort, via a delegation which includes Lord Ahmed, is to listen not lecture, and the delegation has no personal or political agenda of their own. Something which Ridley feels can not be said of most of those working on these issues right now, including most of those working fro the West.

Without an agenda?

I’d like to think a Muslim woman, though Western, would at least have some agenda related to the rape of her Muslim sisters in Darfur.

The fate of a raped woman in an Islamic fundamentalist society such as that in Sudan is already sealed. Rape survivors are more often than not rejected for being a visible reminder of the shame inflicted on the community by the rape act. The women will be inhibited from acting as full and honored members of society; their prospects for marriage or a happy home life effectively erased forever. Compounding the trauma of the physical abuse of rape is the loss of identity and the imposition of a new, dishonored identity. Ironically, the act of freeing themselves from the burden of shame and perhaps starting the process of healing by naming the offense is guaranteed to cement their rejected status in their societies.

According to Lord Ahmed, this is a grassroots initiative propelled by those who have nothing to gain.

Grassroots initiatives. Why did it take so long?

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2 responses to “All Muslim Delegation Takes a Shot at Negotiations.

  1. Yvonne Ridley

    May 5, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I’d like to think a Muslim woman, though Western, would at least have some agenda related to the rape of her Muslim sisters in Darfur – what a silly and crass thing to say.

    Of course I care, I care very much. Rape is a global issue, it’s a global problem and it is not confined to Muslim countries or Muslim victims.

    For instance, one in six women in America will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and in 2005 alone a total of women in the US reported 272,350 cases of sexual assault.

    60 per cent of sex assaults in America are not reported to the police.

    Rape is a global problem and not just confined to what you see as an islamic fundamentalist society, you silly, silly girl.

    perhaps you should take off your veil of bigotry and start showing some support for a wonderful initiative.

    Yvonne Ridley

     
  2. cooper

    May 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Although there was some Muslim outrage over Darfur as early as 2006 ( pretty late considering the genocide as the U.S. has chosen to call it, and which many disagree with, began quite a few years earlier) it was mainly rhetorical outrage. That I am surprised it took so long, seeing as those slaughtered and raped were mostly Muslim, should not be a surprise, but if that makes me silly so be it. I meant no disrespect.

    What the rape statistics in the United States have to do with the genocide in Darfur, except to cloud the issue, is not clear to me, but I am well aware of them as I participate regularly in campaigns against sexual violence. I am also aware of the rape stats worldwide.

    What you did fail to mention was the reporting of rapes, as paltry as they are, has risen by 1/3 over the last twenty years, and although the prosecution rate is dire the prosecution rate and reporting in the United States is significantly higher than that of the situation of which we speak. As for prosecution, the United States does track and prosecute when convicted , something it appears Sudan, among others, does not do. The prosecution rate in he U.K. From the stats I could find are poorer than the the United States from what I have been able to ascertain.

    Rape as an act of war is what we are talking about, and the fact that a grassroots initiative is taking place actually made me quite happy, though I might have appeared to come off smug and sarcastic to you.

    I was was perplexed that the Muslim community as a whole did not begin a grassroots initiative much earlier, and by Muslin community I do not mean random Muslins, there are many who have been expressing outrage and promoting activism on their own for some time, all to little or not avail. No, I meant the more notable Muslims with political or diplomatic power. For saying it is about time for that to occur I will not apologize.

     

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