The human toll of the Iraq war is often untold. Here in America we rarely hear (or care) about the death of US soldiers and the post-war shaft they've been given much less the toll the war has taken on Iraqis. I recently came across an article though that highlighted the plight of Iraqi women. As more and more Iraqis flee the continuing violence in their country, they are forced to leave everything they hold dear behind - including the luxury of morality. Amongst the women who have fled to Syria, a scary number of very young girls who once wore the hijab have found prostitution to be their family's only hope of survival. Some of these girls are forced or tricked into prostitution, but others find its the only way their families can live. The country is destroyed, the families are destroyed, and now a way of life is being sacrificed. The effects of war on women are always the hardest, and we need to force ourselves to be aware of the plight of our sisters.
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Labels: Gender Issues, Politics