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(Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.)

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Memory Of Silence And Sadistic Parametres (II)

Ethnic animosity rather than politics often erupts into civil war. Civilians and non-combatants are one potential victim of war atrocities, which appear to shock even the sickest imagination. Being the abuse committed by men against women's bodies, rape remains a global scourge... a crush of psychological warfare, one of sadistic parametres to mortify the enemy in conflict zones. In Balkans war,30,000 to 50,000 Kosovo-Albanian women were sexually abused, many went through the dilemma of deciding whether to give birth to the unwanted children of an alien army, whose deliberate choice of being degenerated into marauding bands of terrorists went with impunity. For instance, how could this young woman put up with her devastated past without crying a river? Being one of the many victims of the Foca rape camp during Bosnia war, young, beautiful and a virgin, she was obviously in a quandary to save herself, her mother and other women from the precarious reality of being gang-raped three times a day for four months... not until she became visibly pregnant. The fetus was too developed to be safely aborted, thus carrying the viviparous evidence of the ever-increasing horror of war in her innocent womb. The brutal effectiveness of rape and other forms of extremely serious gender violence in the torrent of conflict cannot be over-dramatized.

Submitted: Saturday, February 09, 2013
Edited: Monday, February 25, 2013


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  • Thomas A Robinson (2/12/2013 5:33:00 PM)

    One would be well served if they were to read the book,
    The Painted Bird by author...Jerzy Kosinski..
    Printed 1965.

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  • Leslie Philibert (2/10/2013 5:09:00 AM)

    What? - not good journalism, not good prose, well meant, but it fails.

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