By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, September 14, 2012
Out of the frying pan into the fire! This is the case of the young girls who fled from the cruelty of the deadly weapons in their homelands to find themselves again at the mercy of the claws of aged people in destination countries who are seeking sexual desires under the pretext of marriage.
Even Worse, “Fatwas,”–or religious legislations–are issued in some Arabo-Muslim countries encouraging this kind of cheap marriage to the Syrian girls for the sake of protecting their honor and providing them with shelter. This issue has caused quite a commotion all over the Arab world and pushed some Syrian activists to launch a campaign through a Facebook page with the theme “Refugees not Captives.” The page aims to stand against the act of forcing Syrian refugees to marry, especially girls that are minors.
The Syrian campaign rejects objectifying Syrian girls who were brought up with dignity and have been degraded and seen as cheap sexual goods under the pretext of marriage and protection.
According to the campaigners, marriage can be achieved only under the proper conditions, founded on grounds of harmony and the consent of both parties to achieve the optimal objectives of a real marriage. These goals include continuity, reproduction and setting up a family. Freedom of choice can’t be but under equal conditions and not when one of the parties is subject to the unfavorable and miserable circumstances.
The pronounced motive of getting married to refugees is “To protect Muslim women.” The belief is that through legitimate marriage, women can be saved from poverty, destitution and bitterness of life in the refugee camps. Since these people are driven by humanitarian motives and religious teachings as they claimed, the young Syrian activists wonder why these people reserved their “generous” offers only for Syrian refuges in time there are many Sudanese and Somali Muslim women in dire need of such help. A bond that linked an aged man in his fifties with a twenty year-old girl is nothing but a sexual abuse and far cry to be based on mutual consent let alone bear the fruit of a shared love.
It was a bitter pill for the Syrian parents–who are subject to the pressure of the difficult living conditions–to accept when they were forced to give their young girls to those barbarians who took advantage of the miserable situations of refugees in camps.
Some parents have done so out of ignorance or have been duped by the religious discourse that the flesh hunters exploited to justify their sickened dishonest intentions. When it comes to marriage, Islam calls for the consent and free choice for girls praising holy matrimony blessed with the consent of parents and mutual understanding of both the groom and the bride.
No human beings on earth, I think, voluntarily renounce their homeland, but some are forced to take up residence in a foreign country. As for the Syrian refugees, leaving their native country by force and living in refugee camps is already a degrading experience. Harassing and sexually abusing their little girls, under what so ever pretext, is a cowardly debasing act of shame.
After losing security at home, women in camps of shame, young and old, now have to fight another war probably more destructive than the one at home where the new enemy resort to cunning means under the coat of religion.
Edited by Laura Cooper
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