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Christopher
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You all know I almost never deal with issues like these. It's not that I don't believe them to be worthy causes, more that I'm not one to join in causes. I was sent an email about this one, however, and it struck a nerve and outraged me.

Allowing cultures their own leeway is something I am fully supportive of and will stand behind with a smile of acceptance - until it comes to close-minded murder. I believe that's what this is here. To murder a woman because she had a child out of wedlock. It just sits so poorly with me that I felt the need to come in here and bring it to the attention of people.

Please visit Amnesty International, USA branch, to read about the incident and help take action against it. On this site, you can download a pre-written letter to mail to the Nigerian ambassador in the hopes that we can help open the minds of a people and address issues like this now and in the future.
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=1807
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Thank you Christopher.  It does beg the question...what happens? to the man....
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Some contestants in the Miss World contest, being held in Nigeria, are trying to boycott the event in support of this woman but the governments of the countries involved are replacing the protesting contestants. They now say the woman won't be stoned, but I don't believe it. I think we should do everything we can to stop this barbaric act!

Thank you Chris for bringing this here.
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THANK YOU CHRIS!!! Link below is my protest poem, albeit a light weight one,
I wrote about this in September. I work with two women from Nigeria, and we talked about the mindset of the people and the consequences for the women and children who are ofen still treated as chattel.
Yes, everyone needs to speak out, as the problem is deeply rooted in some parts of Nigeria. Enoh and Ini say the worst area is in the northern part of the country, and I guess there are many women and men who are fighting to stop this archaic tradition, which is deeply imbedded into the local laws. Thanks for sharing this update.

And I've been an AI supporter for so many causes in different countries I've lost count.
Letter writing has paid off more than once, and when 'prosecutors/persecutors' know the world is watching and willing to intervene, the results can be amazing.
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum72/HTML/001455.html
 
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