Afghani Women

26 Jun

So this is a tad unlike my normal posts of ranting and raving at nonsense first world problems..
This post may disturb some people and if you don’t care to read it, I’d stop here.

I’ve been watching this documentary about this 21yr old Afghanistan woman named Nel, who currently lives in England because her mother and father moved there illegally when she was 6.
She travels back to Afghanistan to get back to her roots and try and understand where she came from.
There’s of coarse, the “respect” issue, where women have to wear the ‘Burka’ all the time as to not show themselves to men, if they were to wear loose pants or not be completely covered they would be beaten in the streets.
The culture there makes you believe that if you are a woman and you show your face to a man, it’s disrespectul and disgusting.
It makes you want to cover yourself up, because you don’t want to be disgusting.
Attention from men in Afghanistan is not wanted, you don’t choose your own husband, your family chooses him for you, it is illegal to be married under the age of 16 but children are getting married by the age of 12.
There was a horrific story of this young girl that was in a burn unit, she’s 15 and she can no longer walk.
Her father traded her to another family, so that his son could marry the other families daughter.
This young 15 yr old girl (back then at the age of 12) was beaten everyday by her husband, his mother and his sister, this went on for 2 years until she turned 14..
One day she couldn’t take it anymore, they had beaten her for hours and then tied a noose around her neck and strung her up until she couldn’t breath, they did this continuously whilst threatening her life.
When they finally stopped she decided she couldn’t take it anymore and she didn’t want to live like that anymore, she poured petrol over herself and set herself alight.
She now resides in the Afghani hospital burn unit, without use of her legs, they’re rotting away and she has them covered as to avoid the smell.
Nel then went and visited a womans prison, one girl at the age of 18 had been there since she was 15 and was imprisoned because her father had given her hand in marriage to a 60yr old man who already had a wife and children, she refused to marry him and she ran away, met another man and married him in a chance to escape her fate with her future 60yr old husband.
Her father then pressed charges against her for dishonoring there family, and she’s been in jail ever since, they haven’t even told her when she’ll be able to get out.
Women that are imprisoned that have children, their children also live in the jail with her, but are kept separate.
This woman burned herself to get away from her abusive husband.

This documentary has opened my eyes to the reality of how much freedom we have here, how much of the little things we take for granted and overdo.
The young girls that go out looking like little hookers, that’s taking your freedom for granted, yes you have the right to wear what you want but, why portray yourself like that?
Why not respect the fact that your given that freedom in the first place and use it wisely.
When women out there aren’t even allowed to show there face!
And we have teenagers walking around showing off there cooches!
It makes me think that no matter where you are, the world is slowly going to hell, and given the chance, humanity can’t be trusted to make the right decisions.
We’re controlled by media and religion.
No one thinks for themselves, everyone is following someone else, those who act like individuals are following someone they’ve seen acting like an individual and so forth.
No one is genuine.
We can’t even be trusted to have free will without exploiting it.
Then when others choose to put in place rules to control our free will, we take it to an extreme.
There’s no medium, on this Earth.

I think that people choose to believe they have some control over their lives, because if they were to accept the truth.
There would be no reason to live.

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Journal


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