12.2.13

Women Under Siege Syria

Just thought of sharing this post with you guys. The exact feelings came, just like when I was studying Middle East's films especially Afghan, last time. How they treated our sisters, it's unacceptable. 

Witnesses say shabiha forces raped 42 women and girls in Al Huswayieh 

Three witnesses to an alleged January 16 massacre in Al Huswayieh reported the rape of 42 women and girls from their town in a video that was posted by a number of users to YouTube two days later. Al Huswayieh is located near the Al Qusayr district, just north of Homs. Various news sources have reported that government forces killed more than 100 people in Homs on the same day as the massacre in the small town. 

The video shows three women, faces kept entirely covered, seated side-by-side and crying. A man, off camera, introduces the clip, saying that because no journalists were present, the massacre was not reported to the press. “These are the testimonies of some survivors,” he says. 

One woman begins: “We were in our homes. At 7 a.m. they entered town. Their heads were wrapped. They were not in the regular army. They were carrying hatchets and bottles of arak [an alcoholic drink] and they started slaughtering, skinning, killing.” 

She describes how shabiha (plainclothes militia) members shot men and cattle in the fields, burned children, and took whole families away. A woman, nine months pregnant and mother to four, was shot while holding her 11-year-old son, the woman says. 

All money, mobile phones, and jewelry were confiscated, the woman says, but “if a woman did not have money or jewelry they would strip and rape her.” “Forty-two girls and women were raped in front of us, and from 7 until 8 we were used as human shields,” she says. 

“This is a massacre and a crime with no precedent.” When the other women spoke they related the same stories, but did not mention the alleged rapes again. The second half of the video contained no audio. 

 The exact location of the reported rapes is unknown. Because Syrian government officials currently refuse to allow access to journalists, researchers and aid workers, WMC’s Women Under Siege cannot independently verify this report of sexualized violence in Syria.

Source : Women Under Siege Syria
Youtube :   فظائع النظام في مجزرة الحصوية في حمص واغتصاب 42امراة

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