In memory of Du'a Khalil.
On April 7th: will be a day of remembrance for a young life cut short too soon. This young life belonged to a 17th years old girl brutally killed by a mob of over one thousand men. This horrifying crime took place in Bashika, a town in the north Kurdish area of Iraq. Her name was Doaa Khalil Aswad, she belonged to a religion sect called Yazidi. Her only crime was, to love a teenage boy of the wrong religion, a Muslim boy.
I must say, I watched these videos a couple times and they are horrendous and heart wrenching videos to watch. I showed these same videos, to friends and relatives and they all got deeply shocked and appalled while watching them. A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail from stophonourkillings.com, (also I'm a contributor on this site) asking me what I could do to commemorate the Du'a Khalil Aswad violent murder and the thousands of other women and girls who have lost their lives this year, in the so-called "honor" killing. Been a blogger, my natural response to this latter would had been: to write an article! But, I recognize now is not that easy to write about it. How, could I write about a tragedy of this immensity, a tragedy of a real human being been brutally murdered by a nasty crowd and some family members while others, were watching and taking videos. I know, there will be other bloggers who will be posting on the same topic, and I don't want to post anything already said.
Dying too young by an atrocious death.
A word of advice: these videos are really disturbing to watch.
When watching that young girl been dragged by her neck to her death or, when seeing her face soaked in her own blood or, when her body was mercilessly pounded and kicked before she was stoned to death, what else can I add? Those frames taken from video phones are already telling a lot! They are telling us of a ferocious beating, they are telling us all the cruelty perpetrated from brutal barbarous against a defenseless girl. What more can I say? Words are meaningless when such perverse and cowardly acts are committed against any human decency. No one in the right mind can justify this hideous crime, any conscience will rebel by just watching at these extremely horrific images.
Any of us, can imagine all the horror she must had felt. After watching these videos, words can't be enough to express all the anger and disgust we feel toward those bastards, those...I wanted to say beasts, but I'm afraid that comparing them to beasts, even beasts will get offended if, I compare them to these worthless human scums. Sorry, but I can't contain myself, I should blog in a more sensible way but I can't, I feel outright compelled after watching these videos, to vent my outrage toward these dregs of humanity. Any reasoning will fade away, when those crude images are hammering in my brain. I am not a journalist, my blog it's not a newspaper therefore, I will express myself the way I really feel on this matter. I wish these criminals, to pay for what they have done!
(as a last offence)
I wanted to do something more then just write about it, so I went in this site: petitiononline.com to sign a petition against honor killing and stoning of women in Kurdistan. All together we can make a difference, we can stop these inhumane atrocities to ever happen again! Please you too, head to petitiononline.com to petition against the cruelty of killing and stoning of women in Kurdistan.
ICAHK is asking you to remember Du'a Khalil and the thousands of other victims of so-called 'honour' this April 7th.
What you can do:
Find out more about Du'a Khalil
1. Spread the word
Write a letter to your local papers, raising the issue of so-called 'honour' killing.
2. Du'a KhalilBlog for Du'a
Write a blog entry for Du'a Khalil on the 7th April, perhaps using one of our graphics available here, or post about her story on your forums
3. Contact the KRG
Send an email to the Kurdistan Regional Government asking what progress there has been in finding and prosecuting Du'a's killers and what they intend to do to reduce the rate of 'honour' killings in Kurdistan (there have been at least 300 other victims since Du'a's death.)
4. Sign the petition
Sign the petition, join the Facebook group
5. Tell someone about it
Whether your friend, relative or workmate, use April 7th to tell Du'a's story and highlight the inhumanity of 'honour' killings across the world
6. Get together
Organise an event to remember Du'a, whether its a candle-lit vigil or a private gathering to remember her. You can discuss ideas and get together in this thread and please send us your photographs.
7. Put up a poster
Print out and put up a poster in your window to show that Du'a Khalil is not forgotten. Download Colour poster or Black and white [Large PDF files]
8. Join the Facebook event
A Facebook event has been created: click here to join.
9. Read a good book
The anthology written in honour of Du'a Khalil Nothing But Red will be launched on April 7th with proceeds going to Equality Now
10. If you are in Britain
Go to the Conference in London on 12th April. More details here
11. If you are in France
Go to the Conference in Paris on 7th April. More details here
If you have any other suggestions about how to mark this terrible anniversary, please contact stophonourkillings.com.
You won't suffer anymore, because you are now in heaven guarded by an army of angels.