Syrian Women Targeted in War for Rape, Kidnapping

A Syria girl is led inside a truck to be raped by government troops.

Girl Raped by Syrian Soldier Inside a Truck

I just read an article from the Clarion Project about women being raped in the Syrian civil war. After my quick perusal of the article the focus seems to be on Muslim women being raped and yet I am certain this is also occurring to the Christian community in Syria. According to the article 70% of the rape victims are accosted by Bashir al-Assad’s government forces. AND the other 30% of the victims are from the Syrian rebels. So in generalizing the situation the Shia-Alawite government forces are raping 70% of the women while the Sunni-Rebels are raping the other 30%. To add a little more detail to this vile picture the Shia-Alawite Muslims are the minority in Syria but have been the ruling faction for over a half a century. The Sunni majority of Syria are now fighting to rid Syria of the Assad family regime. The Sunnis of the Syrian Rebels are beginning to lean toward the Radical Islam of the Muslim Brother, the Saudi-Wahhabi sect and the ideologues of al Qaeda.


Due to all the undercurrents internally in Syria, American Foreign Policy choices are a nightmare. Throwing a monkey wrench into Assad’s government for a rebel win would mess up Iran regional hegemonic desires. Supporting the Syrian Rebels would most likely be like favoring a group of radical religionists that view al Qaeda as mentors in the practice of Islam and how Muslims should treat non-Muslims (e.g. Christians, Jews, Americans et al). The Radical Islam among the Syrian Rebels thus makes them like the al Qaeda that attacked America’s Homeland with homicidal-suicide Islamic terrorists that murdered over 5000 people between the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the ill-fated flight that probably defeated their hijackers only to tragically crash in Pennsylvania.


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Syrian Women Targeted in War for Rape, Kidnapping


By The Clarion Project

November 27, 2013

A Syrian woman grieves. (Photo- © Reuters)

A Syrian woman grieves. (Photo: © Reuters)



A new report issued by a human rights group on “International Day to End Violence Against Women” says Syria’s civil war “created a context ripe for violence against women, including sexual violence.”


The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network names the deliberate use of kidnapping and rape of women and girls, especially during “raids, at check points and within detention facilities”  as a means to pressure and humiliate family members and take revenge. Women — with their children — have also been used in the conflict as human shields.


Abuses against women have been a “deliberate tactic to defeat the other party from a symbolic and psychological perspective, making women desirable targets as the conflict rages on,” the report says.


The report cites particularly horrific instances of abuse culled from cases documented inside seven provinces in Syria as well as in Damascus.


One such case was that of a nine-year-old girl, who was raped in front of her family by government forces in the Baba Amr district of the central Homs province in March 2012.


Another case quotes a teenager, a 19-year-old named Aida from Tartus, a town in the coastal region, who was held in detention for four months, from October 2012 to January 2013.


One of times she was raped occurred the day before a court hearing. She was assaulted by three government soldiers. The report documents Aida’s case in her own words:


“The interrogator left me in the room and came back with three personnel who took turns raping me. I fiercely resisted the first but when the second started, I became more terrified and couldn’t resist,” she said.


“When the third started, I totally collapsed. I was bleeding all the time. As the last one finished, I fell on the ground. Ten minutes later, the prison doctor came in and took me to the bathroom where he gave me an injection to enable me to stand before the judge.”


Although the reports says 6,000 cases of rape have occurred since the beginning of the conflict, the actual number is believed to be at significantly higher, since many cases go unreported due to the stigma such crimes carry in Syrian society.


The report states that, “Syrian women exposed to sexual abuses subsequently found themselves victimized not only by the crime itself, but also by enduring the silence that surrounds the crime and the social pressure related to it.”


The result of reporting such a crime in Syrian society can lead to honor killing (of the victim), divorce or further abuse from family members. Many women, whose abuse has become public, have fled their communities, exposing themselves to even more danger in the worn-torn country. Abuses have also been documented in refugee camps.


Regime forces are said to have perpetrated 70 percent of the crimes against women, with rebel forces guilty of the the rest. Rape by government forces is a common tactic used in conflicts when the opposition forces comes from within the society and rely on civilian support, according to prominent journalist Lauren Wolfe, an expert on rape in areas of war and the director of Women Under Siege, a organization that has documented sexual violence in Syria for the last year.


The London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights, cites 25 cases of women being kidnapped and held hostage for use in prisoner exchanges or “to pressure their male relatives to surrender.”


Sema Nasar, of the Syrian Network, collected first-hand testimonies from Syrian women during from January to June of 2013.


To date, 120,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. Figures from the first two years of the conflict show that 5,400 women were detained during those years, the whereabouts of many remain unknown.


Further, in many of those cases, women have been “detained indefinitely without being presented to the judge, with no access to lawyers or family, and exposed to torture and ill treatment.”


VIDEO: Girl Raped by Syrian Soldier Inside a Truck



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Sharia Allows Muslims Rape in Pakistan

Kainat Soomro raped at 13 Pakistan 3

John R. Houk

© June 16, 2013


Kainat Soomro in 2007 was raped by her fellow co-religionist Muslims at the age of 13. Indeed she was raped by four Muslim men as she was returning home. I read in one place she was returning from school and in another she was returning with a gift for her niece. The salient point is that no matter where Kainat was walking home from, she was raped by four Muslims, two of which were a father and son team.


The community that Kainat lived in ordered that she be put to death because the family honor was defiled. The death sentence was to be carried out by a family member. Typically in Muslim honor killings such execution is handed out be the father or brother in the family but really any family member is eligible to avenge the family honor by killing a victim of rape rather than going to the criminals who raped her to at least use the rule of law to send them to prison and at worst exact revenge on the perpetrators.


Kainat’s tortured life is a snapshot to expect of a growing Muslim immigrant population in America. This is the case especially case among Muslims demanding the U.S. government to allow the practice of Sharia Law in America. Sharia Law contradicts American rule of law as embodied in the U.S. Constitution.


The reason Kainat Soomro is back in the news is that a documentary was made exposing the shame of Islam about honor killing. In this case the nation is Pakistan.


VIDEO: FRONTLINE | Preview “Outlawed in Pakistan” | PBS


I was alerted by Kainat’s continuing plight in Pakistan by the Clarion Project.


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Girl Gang Raped in Pakistan: Dares to Fight for Justice

A new film follows the harrowing true ordeal of a Pakistani family who dared to fight for justice after their daughter was gang raped.


June 6, 2013

Clarion Project


When a girl was gang raped by four men at the age of 13, her village in Pakistan identified her as a “black virgin” and ordered her killed.


In the rural village of Dadu in southern Pakistan, tradition held that Kainat Soomro’s own family should murder her, as her sexual assault had made her a token of disgrace. Four years later, Kainat is alive and a documentary about her story premiered on television in the United States last week. That does not mean that she or her family is safe.


The film, Outlawed in Pakistan, shows how Kainat Soomro is still “destined to be killed” because she took the extraordinary step in Pakistan of fighting for justice. The film is a testament to her family’s strength and endurance in a life which has only become more difficult the longer they have stood up against tradition.


The Soomros have faced isolation, fear and intimidation from the four men Kainat accused of raping her, and from the members of the small village who were afraid of challenging moral laws which have been in existence for centuries. By the mere fact of having made the accusation of rape, Kainat is an outlaw in her own country.


The film, which was first screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, retells the story of the young girl’s attack while walking home from school down a narrow village street by a shop where Kainat says the owner, Shaban Saikh, and three other men — including a father and son — held her down and sexually assaulted her.


The village declared her “kari,” or a black virgin, and ordered her family to carry out an honor killing to end the shame a rape victim brings to a family, according to Pakistani culture.


The alleged rapists beat her father and one of her brothers. Her older brother went missing for three months and was later found murdered.


Kainat’s parents refused to kill their daughter and instead decided to take up her cause in a legal system which places the burden of proof on the victim.


VIDEO: Outlawed in Pakistan (trailer)


“They told me I am not a real man,” Kainat’s brother, Sabir told the film-makers, “because you failed to follow your tradition, you failed to kill your sister.”


Meanwhile, threats of death and further violence have forced the Soomros from the house they owned in Dadu to the city of Karachi, where all 18 family members now live in a two-bedroom apartment.


The men are unable to find work, so the women embroider fabrics to pay rent. They often have to resort to asking charities for food.


When Kainat attends court she undergoes a barrage of “nasty” questions, up to 300 at a time, including “what part of your clothing did you remove?” or “who raped you first.


The presiding judge is annoyed that Kainat has brought the charges and rules against her in part because she has accused a father and son of a gang rape. “In his view,” the film’s narrator says, “he said that would never happen in Pakistan” and describes Kainat’s accusations “as a product of her own fantasy.”


The men were acquitted of their crime, and, in an interview with the film makers, appear bewildered at why their accuser did not just stay at home “and keep quiet.” They see their acquittal as proof that Kainat “does not have good character. If she was a decent woman, she would have sat at home, silent.”


Even as Kainat and her family say they will fight on, perhaps for years, her lawyer suggests the future will be difficult.


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Sharia Allows Muslims Rape in Pakistan

John R. Houk

© June 16, 2013


Girl Gang Raped in Pakistan: Dares to Fight for Justice


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Honor Killings Reported by Sun News Canada found this remarkably honest news video from Canada’s Sun News with the subject of Honor Killing in Canada. Talking about Honor Killing is quite remarkable in a nation like Canada in which one can be prosecuted for inciting hate actions for speaking the truth about Islam.



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