Rape, Shame, Outrage, and Sobbing in Guinea
Having blogged twice -- here and here -- about the September massacre by government forces in the west African nation of Guinea, I hope we're all keeping an eye on the story. Before I turn to a close-up view of the suffering, I want to note that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has brought increased global attention to reports of rapes committed during the crackdown.
"It will not surprise you to hear that I was particularly appalled by the violence against women. In broad daylight in a stadium, it was criminality of the greatest degree. And those who committed such acts should not be given any reason to expect that they will escape justice," Clinton said.
That's the big picture. Now, as I mentioned, the small picture.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who has reported on the massacre for National Public Radio, wrote about the experience of gathering the stories of rape victims. Maybe it's just because I used to be a newspaper reporter, but Quist-Arcton's account makes me feel the trauma of September 28 in ways that go beyond the raw, awful facts of the rapes and the killings. Here's an excerpt:
"One woman's legs were shaking so hard against mine as she recounted her experience, speaking into the microphone, she couldn't stop. Her voice was trembling -- in turns angry, indignant, outraged, shamed, dejected and yet determined. ... By the end of her graphic and chilling testimony, most of the dozen or so other women in the room were sobbing. I felt tears rolling down my face."
Quist-Arcton's full account is here.
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From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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