Monday 17th November , 2014
At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt.
The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the scene.
At a rival demonstration, about 20 men chanted “Dress up. We don’t want this.”
Kenya is a conservative society, where activists complain that women’s rights are often violated, our reporter says.
A mother’s group, Kilimani Mums, organised the protest after a video of the attack went viral on social media last week.
It sparked outrage among Kenyans, with the hashtags#MydressMychoice and #strippingshame trending on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.
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The latest incident in the spreading number of witch hunts occurred last week when a 45 year old woman was burned alive at the stake after she was accused of practicing witchcraft in the nation of Paraguay.
The victim, Adolfina Ocampos, was sentenced to death by the local chief of the Mbya Guarani community after local villagers accused her of being involved with sorcery. The villagers tortured her, submerged her under water and beat her before they tied her to the stake, then shot her with several arrows, finally burning her alive in the gruesome display of violence. So far local authorities have arrested 9 men in the village in connection with Ocampos’s murder and all readily confessed to killing the accused witch with little remorse saying that they are “not sorry” according to at least one report.
Ocampo was first targeted as a witch when the relative of one of the village’s leaders took ill. They blamed the prolonged illness on Ocampo, accused her of being a witch and banished her from the village for one month. When the relative did not improve, the village chief condemned Ocampo to death believing that she was responsible for the prolonged illness by practicing witchcraft.
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Posted in Foreign Policy, State Department, tagged Cardinal Romero, Carlos Vides Casanova, Dorothy Kazel, El Salvador, Ita Ford, Jean Donovan, Jose Guillermo Garcia, Maura Clare on November 11, 2014| Leave a Comment »
More than 30 years later, justice closes in on the Salvadorans behind the rape and murder of American nuns.
In December 1980, members of the National Guard of El Salvador abducted, sexually assaulted and executed four American churchwomen.
At the time, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the rest of Central America were on the front burner of American foreign policy much in the way that Iraq, Syria and the Middle East are today. The nun killing was one of those acts of horror that may galvanize the American public at the same times it exposes the disarray of American policy.
In that sense it is analogous to the beheadings of Americans and Britons and hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians by the so-called Islamic State and the bombing and gassing of much larger numbers by the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.