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Samira Ibrahim: A Brave Testimony Against Power Abuse Acts

"What happened to me can happen to any girl in Egypt. "

With these words, starts the video in which Samira Ibrahim Mohamed, 25, a native of Sohag, marketing executive, tells the terrible experience she had when he was subjected publicly and violent to virginity tests by the egiptian soldiers.

She was tortured, hit,electrocuted and subjected to a virginity test by a militar officer, in front of other men, who laugh of her, insulted her, said how they would use her. Her humilliation was deep, unfair, painful. But,she decided to search for justice and claim for her rights no matter the pain, no matter how devastated she was.

Samira was admitted to the hospital, where she regained her physical and psychological health and wrote a report giving names of everyone involved, but so far, no answer, only excuses: Holidays, Ramadan, exams, any excuse is valid to deny justice.

There has been no positive action of the trial of the soldiers involved. No one wants to investigate the harassment committed with virginity testing, not to mention also the abuse and torture. She was judged under completely illegitimate, false charges by a military tribunal being a civilian. She demands that the soldiers and officers confess the abuse that she was submitted to. She receives phone calls and pressure for not to speak. She has been said she will finish as Khaled Said.

Samira's testimony is painful and courageous. She has received constant threats from the offenders, and neither the media nor the humanitarian NGOs and court have supported her demand for justice. She decided to show her face to the world, so her story won't be forgotten. Samira's confidence, and the others women's in her situtation, is placed in all of us and the Egyptian people.

We can not allow more Khaled Said in Egypt or other Samira anywhere. We can help Samira Ibrahim Mohamed and all women who suffered this abuse unfair and painful, spreading her case, promoting the video, encouraging reflection on Human Rights.

Here is the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c29CAXR141s

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

Need your opinion

Dear Nasreen

I just read and commented on a post in Pulsewire by Transformation which is about Aliah - the Egyptian girl who posed nude to highlight the sexual abuse of women by Egyptian army. In my comment I said that I can't understand how Aliah's nude photo can help ordinary women fighters.

What I also wanted to write but forgot is, I am scared that Alia's act might take the limelight away from those hundreds of others who are fighting quietly, but with just as much courage and suffering a lot too. After reading your post I feel that women like Samira is one of them.

In short, I would like you hear your opinion on this. Here is Transformation's post http://www.worldpulse.com/node/46996

Love

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

nasreenamina's picture

I post about

I post about Aliaa in my journal here, the name is Nudity for Freedom? Unnecesary. Is a pelasure to read you sis. Xoxo

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