Spread the word

If we want to start claiming we’re a community, it’s time we started acting like one. Here’s a great opportunity: it seems two young girls, Asmaa and Fatima, are seeking refuge from both their highly religious country of Pakistan, and their abusive fundamentalist parents. They’ve been petitioning the government of Sri Lanka for visas to allow them to stay in the country and avoid being deported to their theocratic hellholes.

From a very young age, the physical abuse began. My mother would hold a knife to my face and threaten to deface me, to cut my tongue, so no one would recognise me and I wouldn’t be able to talk.

After a long and tortuous ordeal (which you can read about here), the kids finally made it to Sri Lanka, and they’ve been trying to petition for asylum there. We have to spread the word and make sure that they are not forced to return to their abusive parents! Tell everyone you know about this. Retweet these articles or video and let’s make sure that we do our best to respond to the needs of our fellow nonbelievers.

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Comments (7)

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    Brandon

    Posted on my site. Thanks for posting this!

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    mightyfooda

    RePosted on Facebook. The girls seem very intelligent and articulate, I hope they have the chance to do something with their lives.

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    TheDean

    This is terrible, absolutely disgusting stuff. I honestly don’t understand it.
    I’ll re-post this on Facebook.
    Now, not to be a dick, but the one on the left can come live with me me she wants.

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    TheDean

    Actually, i’ll retract that, cos it was a bit dickish

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    Niel

    Tell them to make it to the UK we always grant asylum from persecution to women and homosexuals in Islamic countries.. British consulate in Sri Lanka could posibly help due to Pakistan’s membership of the commonwealth

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    Ronald

    What does this have to do with the religiosity of Pakistan or of the girls’ parents? Cases of abuse like theirs is common in the United States.

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    mightyfooda

    Ronald, abuse like that may happen in the US, but they aren’t nearly as common and in the US it’s illegal. In Pakistan they will actually get in trouble for trying to seek a refuge. But I suppose since they are not americans that they are unworthy of help? We all know that the underlying religiosity in Pakistan enables this type of behavior. These girls have no say in Pakistan, at least give them a chance. Or does it have to be of a religous nature for certain for them to warrant your help. Of one thing you can be certain: they are in need of help and the way to help them is apparent. That kind of stituation doesn’t happen everyday and it’s our responsibility to take advatage of those oppurtunities whenever they come. If you can’t see that, I have nothing else to say to you anyway.

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