Saturday, 22 August 2015

RIP Hannah

Everyone in Freetown seems to be talking about the gang rape and murder of a young woman at Lumley Beach area of Freetown last week. In reports her age varies from 17 to 19 years old, graphic photos of her abused body have been shared widely on social media. She was left on the beach, semi naked, covered in sand, dead. I've seen the photos and wish I hadn't because I can't get those awful images out of my mind.
 
I'm hearing a lot of speculation about it.....Why was she on the beach? Was she a sex worker? Is that an anklet she's wearing and false eyelashes, Was she asking for it? Had she been drinking?
What do the answers to any of those questions matter? If she had been wearing a short skirt, if she was a sex worker, if she was tipsy.........she didn't deserve to be used in that way, heartlessly killed and discarded. She was just a girl with her whole life ahead of her and that precious life has been snuffed out.
 
This week women's rights supporters held a peaceful march through the capital followed by a candlelit vigil to pay tribute to the young lady.

The government have offered a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators - I hope the people who did this are caught, to prevent them doing the same thing to another young girl.

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