Nigerian Woman Needs Our Help

  1. Amina Lawal, 30 year old mother from Nigeria has been sentenced to death by stoning while being baried up to her neck in sand. The reason?! She had a child out of wedlock after divording her husband. Amnesty International has collected 1 million + signatures via e-mail in an attempt to save this young mother. You can do your part by going to oprah.com , then click on the artice re: can we save Amina, your signed petition will be forwarded to government officials in Nigeria,where the execution a set to take place in less than 6 weeks. Thanks,

    Noelle
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  2. 44 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    I'm trying to send my signature now, but it is busy, so still trying. I won't give up! Shame they don't stone the men for adultery committed during marriage, including making babies while married with women who are NOT their wives! :angryfire

    Don't get me started on this subject! I may show a side of me that I haven't even met yet! :chuckle :roll
    Last edit by live4today on Oct 4, '02
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Just because this is not part of our culture we should impose our ways upon these people?
    -R
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Just because this is not part of our culture we should impose our ways upon these people?
    -R
    Yesssss.

    It's not going to do any good, any kind of petition, and I've pointed it out before. They don't care what we think of them, and they certainly don't care what a bunch of WOMEN think of them.

    BUT... Yeah, there are things that we are supposed to speak out about, even if it doesn't occur in "our culture."

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   nursenoelle
    These women "of that culture" clearly,cannot speak for themselves. This is not about imposing western ideals on them these women agree to make public the atrocities that they are subjected to,IMHO,as a cry for help. When the speak up, they are reprimanded,and many of those women are realizeing that it is wrong.wrong wrong wrong wrong. If the victims think it is none of our concern, than why do these women allow the BBC and Oprah and whomever will listen into thier lives?
  7. by   live4today
    Amen amen amen, noelle! :kiss
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    I think the best way to make a differerence in another persons life is to set a good example. That way you can teach your values by the way that you live. You think that petitions to Oprah are going to change the world? Although we view certain things people do as "wrong", I don't think that we are so High and Mighty to preach our ways to them.
    Let us live and let live.
    -Russell
  9. by   nursenoelle
    (thumping head on desk)

    nooo... oprah or you or i will change nothing, that i agree with,i think what BBC,Oprah,noelle,and plenty other folks think that -m a y b e - this is not the way to do things anymore . injustice is injustice. Do I think that my little email to the Nigerian Government (not Oprah) is going to change anything?No. But these women are showing us what is happening to them,hoping that we will respond.


    By telling her story she is saying, this is why I am dying. look. it is wrong.
  10. by   fergus51
    Russell, I would normally agree if we were talking about pressuring people to dress like we do or talk like we do or even worship like we do. Human rights are just that: the rights that any human should have regardless of their race, gender, religious background or cultural background. Certainly burrying a woman up to her neck and stoning her to death is a violation of human rights. The president of Nigeria has already said this is even against their constitution and the last woman to receive this sentence won her appeal on a technicality.

    Moral relativism will be the plague of the coming century and history will judge us for it.
  11. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I think the best way to make a differerence in another persons life is to set a good example. That way you can teach your values by the way that you live. You think that petitions to Oprah are going to change the world? Although we view certain things people do as "wrong", I don't think that we are so High and Mighty to preach our ways to them.
    Let us live and let live.
    -Russell
    Are you purposly posting this 'stuff' to get us to respond???? As opposed to having a good time elsewhere on the baord?

    Okay. Fine. I'll teach my good example by avoiding being stoned to death.

    Oh wait, that probably would be of even less use than writing a petition.

    There are certain things thing that are wrong full stop.

    And the live and let live is a pretty good sentence when you're talking about a stoning death.

    Love

    Dennie
  12. by   shygirl
    I sent my letter and I feel good about it. Maybe my one letter will not make much difference, but what is happening there is wrong pure and simple. It is not a matter of trying to shove our ways and beliefs down another's throat, it's about human dignity. I know many people on this BB are not religious and that's fine-good for you. There is a saying that pertains to us..."There but by the grace of God go I". In another time or another place that could have been you or I.
    And if it were me, I would welcome the idea that people cared about human suffering and life!

    Shygirl
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by shygirl
    There is a saying that pertains to us.....
    Exactly who would "us" be?

    Just curious.

    Heather
  14. by   shygirl
    The believers of course! (Those who are religious)
    Shygirl

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