thenews.com.pk 19 Sep, 2020 19:30 am

What war does to women

What war does to women
Christina Lamb explores the heartbreaking history of the use of sexual violence against women as a tool of warfare

Lamb writes, the girl remembered the names of all nine men, and of their children as well as of the online marketplace of the slaves – sabayas – because one day, she wanted justice.Lamb writes, “He pulled out a girl in a faded black abaya and tattered yellow headscarf and held a small microphone to her lips.Lamb writes and quotes herself saying, “I explained that my country was not really famed for our cuisine and told them about ‘toad in a hole’ and fish and chips wrapped in a newspaper and that our national dish was chicken tikka masala brought by immigrants from India and Pakistan.Quoting from the first book of (western) history ever recorded, Lamb says the insensitive narration of the abduction and subsequent abuse of women in the times of the Phoenicians and the Greeks was written as if it was the women’s own fault – a trend that could very much be relative in today’s male-dominated society rampant globally.

There is Turko, who speaks with Lamb and says, “The prisoners [from the camp] had been released and it was filled with women.” Lamb says the insensitive narration of the abduction and subsequent abuse of women in the times of the Phoenicians and the Greeks was written as if it was the women’s own fault – a trend that could very much be relative in today’s male-dominated society rampant globally.

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