The horror of some things area beyond any title. I had to do some research before I posted this. Initially, it was just too ‘out there’ to be true. Thank you to ‘BB’ for hunting down links and sources, most of which were a sort of link-circle and substantiated nothing. This one, the Pakistan Tribune, is, as far as I know, a decent source. I would still like to see a U.N. link to this story and the other ones in the report on abuse of women in these parts of Afghanistan where the Taliban, and therefore one might reason, the most religious of Muslims are in control.
” A security officer forced me to have sex in exchange for cooking oil and pulses,” 22-year-old Pashmeena.
This is one of the many tales of horror recorded in a report titled “Impact of crisis on women and girls in Fata”.
The report, released by human rights organisation “Khwendo Kor” (Sisters’ Home in Pashto) with financial support from UN-women, is based on case studies of women from the tribal belt living in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s IDP camps.
Women in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) are more susceptible to violence and abuse in a post-conflict scenario, whether or not they are part of the conflict, it says.
Another stark revelation made in the report is that women in camps were forced to have sexual intercourse in exchange for food and non-food items. Girls and widows were at greater risk.
The surveys from Nahqai and Jalozai camps further show that women were uncomfortable going to restrooms because there was little privacy as men constantly lurked around.
“A security officer forced me to have sex in exchange for cooking oil and pulses when I was collecting food at the main entrance of the camp,” a 22-year-old woman Nighat* from the Jalozai Camp is quoted as telling the discussion group.
The report claims that there was an increase in honour killings in which women were first raped and since the rape was considered a disgrace to the family, they were later murdered.
Forced marriages, honour killings, exchange of women between tribes and marriages with first cousins resulting in disabilities of offspring have made the women in the tribal areas increasingly dependent. The role of women in society has decreased from 39% to 19%.
There is more at:
BB has come through again. I was looking at this story for a while before posting it. It was very difficult to find sources I was familiar with, and an actual U.N. link was nowhere.
BB left the links for me this morning:
2. UN PDF:
Because all witnesses were promised anonymity verification is impossible. But at least the UN connection is verified.