The fact is crimes like this are hard to process - statistically and emotionally. There is no doubt that the perpetrators intended to cause death; that much is clear. But are they? Why are they doing it? We can only speculate.
There are few - if any - convictions following believed honour killings. Even when suspects are known, investigations are not nearly as thorough as they would be for other crimes.
Today the BBC reported four men have been convicted and sentenced to death for an honour killing. She allegedly married against their will - they accused the husband of abducting her - and was pregnant at the time of her murder. Her husband was convicted of killing his previous wife six years ago. In light of these facts, I do believe that the reason this case resulted in a conviction whereas the majority do not is because she was pregnant at the time.
BBC News - Four sentenced to death for Pakistan 'honour killing'
BBC News - Why do families kill their daughters?:
I would like to see more research on the subject. So far there really isn't much information on how child marriage impacts boys; other than the known consequences of dropping out of school and entering the workforce at a young age there really isn't much out there.
The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms - The Daily Beast:
I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped. - The Washington Post
I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped. - The Washington Post:
BBC News - The children with AK-47s who defied IS:
Here, a sheep opposes drone surveillance. I just want to point out that SHEEP oppose it. Actively.
(Actually, it's pretty funny)
As you should already know, Israel has invaded Palestine. This does not surprise me at all, nor is it unexpected. Quite frankly, I have been waiting for this.
The reason I have not yet blogged about this is simple - it is all so very political. Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with commenting on politics; I have had a very hard time finding a news source that isn't incredibly biased.
Then today I read this article and I couldn't stay silent anymore. I am very much against what Israel has been doing - this is terrorism, war, and bordering on genocide.
Israel claims they are after the Hamas. My question is WHY WOULD THEY THINK A UN SCHOOL IS A HAMAS BASE? I am very upset and outraged.
Shellfire 'kills 15 in Gaza school' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28
But have you ever considered what goes into the chocolate you buy? Besides the FDA's disturbing limits for rat hairs, insect parts, rat droppings, etc., there is also the blood, sweat, and tears of children. For the people who eat chocolate, slavery is a far gone thing of the past. Children working in fields instead of going to school? Isn't that illegal?
In the "civilized" Western world where people eat chocolate without a second thought - except maybe for the calories - these thoughts never cross our minds. We do not consider the hard work that goes into making chocolate; we just assume machines do it and no one gets hurt. After all, isn't everything done by machines these days? And how could something like chocolate, which is so commonplace, promote slavery?
Well, it does. Here is a CNN article on the topic, but I assure you there are many more. Oxfam, Amnesty, every human rights organization, and investigative journalists have showcased this issue. With Valentine's Day upon us, take time to consider the message you are really sending with chocolate.
Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find – The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery - CNN.com Blogs:
Here is an example of sex trafficking abroad. I would like to point out, though, that human - and sex - trafficking happens everywhere.
BBC News - UK paedophiles pay to watch webcam child sex abuse in Philippines:
Here is a youtube video on the topic.
And most importantly, here is a list of what to look for - signs of human trafficking. If you see something, report it.
Also I love how he brings more happiness into the world, one hug at a time.
Restaurant owner with down syndrome runs the friendliest eatery ever.:
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