Jun 28 2010
Tag Archive 'video'
Jun 23 2010
Casualties of War
This is the story of a Vietnam war murder case, where a sergeant and other soldiers were charged with crimes in a kidnapping, rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman. Directed by Brian DePalma, Michael J. Fox plays the soldier who reported the crimes, and Sean Penn plays the sergeant.
Jun 22 2010
What did she expect when she married a soldier? To be treated with respect and dignity?
Jun 18 2010
Statistics show that nearly one in three female soldiers are sexually assaulted whilst serving their country. For some the consequences are tragic. One victim’s family is determined to find the truth.
Just 5 weeks into LaVena Lynn Johnson’s Iraq tour, the 19-year-old was found dead in a contractor’s tent. It was concluded to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But LaVenas family believes she was raped and murdered by another soldier and that the army is trying to cover it up.
Jun 17 2010
Documentary reveals the horror against women in Congo
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Reporter: Sharon O’Neill
In the Democratic Republic of Congo there are reports that women are being raped and mutilated on an unprecedented scale despite the heavy presence of United Nations troops. The crisis is subject of an award winning documentary called, The Greatest Silence, which has been showed to Congo parliamentarians over the weekend. The 7.30 Report has been given permission to screen parts of this documentary.
Jun 17 2010
A Rape Survivor’s Story
Rape survivor Michelle C. talks with NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa about her traumatic experience as a victim of rape, her healing process, and her reasons for reaching out to other victims of sexual violence.
This isn’t a rape by a soldier, but hopefully useful anyway…
Jun 17 2010
What drove a company of American soldiers — ordinary young men from around the country — to commit the worst atrocity in American military history? Were they “just following orders” as some later declared? Or, did they break under the pressure of a vicious war in which the line between enemy soldier and civilian had been intentionally blurred? AMERICAN EXPERIENCE focuses on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke ranks to try to halt the atrocities, and then bring them to light.
Jun 15 2010
Abeer Qassim Hamza Memorial
This is dedicated towards spreading awareness of the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl named Abeer Qassim Hamza by American soldiers on March 12th, 2006.
We feel that this is a tragedy and that people should hold gatherings to remember that even if a single individual (especially if the person is a woman and/or a child) is brutally murdered during the occupation of Iraq, this death will not be forgotten.
Abeer Hamza lived with her mother and father (Fakhriya Taha Muhasen, 34, and Qassim Hamza Raheem, 45, respectively) and their three other children, a daughter – 6-year-old Hadeel Qassim Hamza, a son – 11-year-old Mohammed and his 9-year-old younger brother Ahmed. Their house was situated approximately 200 meters (220 yd) from a six-man U.S. traffic checkpoint southwest of the village of Yusufiyah which lies west of the larger township of Al-Mahmudiyah.
According to her neighbours, Abeer spent most of her days at home as her parents would not allow her to go to school because of security concerns. The American soldiers would often watch Abeer from their checkpoint, doing her chores and tending the garden. The neighbours had warned Abeer’s father of this but he replied it was not a problem as she was just a small girl.
Abeer’s brother Mohammed (who survived along with his younger brother due to being at school at the time of the killings) recalls that the soldiers often searched the house. And on one such occasion Steven Dale Green ran his index finger down Abeer’s cheek, which had terrified the 14 year old girl.
Abeer’s mother told her relatives before the murders that, whenever she caught the soldiers staring at Abeer, they would give her the thumbs-up sign, point to her daughter and say “Very good, very good.” Evidently this had concerned her and she made plans for Abeer to spend nights sleeping at her uncle’s (Ahmad Qassim’s) house.
On March 12, 2006 the soldiers at the checkpoint had been drinking alcohol and discussing plans to rape Abeer. In broad daylight they walked to the house (not wearing their uniforms) and separated Abeer and her family into two different rooms. Steven Green then murdered her parents and younger sister, while two other soldiers raped Abeer. He then emerged from the room saying “I just killed them, all are dead”.He then raped Abeer, shot her in the head and proceeded (along with the other soldiers) to set fire to the house and bodies.
The neighbours were among the first to discover the scene. One recalled “The poor girl, she was so beautiful she lay there, one leg was stretched and the other bent and her dress was lifted up to her neck.”
Rest in Peace Abeer Hamza
AUGUST 19th, is the day she would have been celebrating her birthday
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