She plays a song,
I no longer can sing
She plays a song,
I no longer can sing
Marble walls all around me
If they could see,
would they see me?
Plush carpet under me
If it could feel,
would it feel me?
In order to make ends meet I have gone back to work.
My job requires long hours and is mentally draining.
While I would love to keep writing but reality means I need to juggle which I am not really good at.
So my posts might be more irregular than they already are.
I’m sitting outside my office all dressed up and like a plastic doll with a painted on grin.
I am bent
I am down
Quick check for dirty spots
Another quick mop
Must make sure the toothbrushes are in their assigned spots
he’s on the dot
TICK TICK K-A-B-O-O-M
I… forgot to clean the clock
When you meet her you would never know from her beaming face that she has been through hell and is still clawing her way out of it.
She can neither read or write and but is fortunate to have a job as a labourer. With this job as well as selling betelnut after work she manages to make ends meet and support her children.
She has an ex who won’t let go and prefers to sweet talk her into coming back with anything he can get his hands on. Its been years of constant physical, mental and verbal abuse.
She has taken out restraining orders but her ex does not adhere to them.
Recently he jabbed her in the thigh with a knife it would had been deeper had she not been standing behind a door forcing it to close while he swung wildly at her
I don’t know how to help her. Relocating her I think is not an option because she can not read or write and finding a job would be extremely difficult and I do not have the means to support her. We do not have welfare benefits in PNG so it seems like a dead end.
She had him arrested but is under immense pressure from his wantoks (relatives) to drop the charges and do away with the restraining orders.
I am moving to town in several days and I am very worried about her.
She lives in fear.
I feel like crap but don’t how else to help her.
Sometimes I think it would be better if I did not care. If I looked the other way. But I can’t so how the frig do I get rid of the guilt? The feeling of being useless and what do I do?
Sometimes life is so #$%&*.
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Taste my tears
Silence my screams
Catch my hits
Stop my trembling
Women Not Witches
Julie suffered severe injuries when she was kidnapped and gang raped © Vlad Sokhin
Six-year-old Julie was kidnapped by four men in Lae. They raped her for eight hours and then left her on the street.
Her injuries are so severe that she can barely walk and can never have children.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN PNG
Facing violence, torture and death is a horrifying reality for many women and girls in PNG.
Violence and murder
Despite new laws making sexual and domestic violence against women a crime, women and girls in PNG still face savage attacks and even death at the hands of strangers and family members. Gang members in the country admit to committing rape and armed robbery, with two-thirds of their victims being women.
Women and girls in PNG are also the victims of sorcery-related attacks. Accused of witchcraft – often by neighbours or loved ones – they are subject to beatings, torture and death, with some even being burned alive.
Such cases are rarely brought to court, perpetuating the brutal tradition.
But things can change.
THE SOLUTION: A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH
To prevent further violence and death against women and girls in PNG, we need to act fast. We can tackle these horrendous issues head on from two angles.
During times of crisis or danger, your support allows us to:
With enough resources and research we can continue to:
For your posts this year that have tugged at my heart, made me laugh and taught me things I never knew, inspired me and permitted me to share in your world.
I look forward to reading more next year.
Happy 2014, may it be all you want and much, much more!
The Secretary General’s Campaign UNITE to End Violence Against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month Orange Day. Among other actions, the Orange Day invites us to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay.
This year, the UNITE Campaign is extending Orange Day to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25, International Day to End Violence Against Women, through December 10, Human Rights Day.
Daddy’s baby & Baby’s daddy
She stays at home,
to ease the pain,
and no way to explain.
Her father had,
a bright idea one day.
He needed to show his eldest,
the marital way.
So he told his wife,
to further state his case.
She is hidden,
her high school friends
who used to come by
day after day,
from the boyfriend
who came to ask,
if she went away?
from the relatives
who pop up
every other day.
The neighbors whisper,
of the daughter
They shrug their shoulders
The Lion ROARS
the Jungle stirs
PNG Family Protection Bill passed
Attorney General and Justice Minister Kerenga Kua who introduced the Bill received an overwhelming 63-0 votes to pass the bill that will give teeth to the current interim protection orders issued by the district court.
Kua said the highly sought after interim protection orders by destitute women do not have a legislative backing where victims often find themselves in situations where interim protection orders are not enforceable.
“When a breach occurs there is no penalty under the law so the cycle of violence in the family continues.”
He said the Family Protection Bill is neutral and intends to protect both man and woman who have had domestic violence in their homes. “The Bill recognizes that domestic violence of any kind is not an acceptable behavior.”www.islandsbusiness.com/news/papua-new-guinea/2953/png-family-protection-bill-passed/