What We Are Read­ing To­day Our Bod­ies, Their Bat­tle­fields

Arab News - - News Internatio­nal - CHRISTINA LAMB

This is a searing ac­count of women’s suf­fer­ing dur­ing war time.

Rape, Christina Lamb writes, is the “most ne­glected” war crime of the 1949 Geneva Con­ven­tion.

“The Rwan­dan con­vic­tion of Mayor Akaseyu, who him­self was di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for the rape and killing of Tut­sis, is touted as the first war case where a high­pro­file per­son was pun­ished along with rape charges,” said a re­view in goodreads.com. “Go­ing fur­ther, the tales of atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by Ser­bians against the Bos­nian Mus­lims shows how neigh­bors and ac­quain­tances take part in crime against women with­out any re­morse,” said the re­view. It added: “There are also nar­ra­tives of the Ro­hingya women at Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh who had suf­fered hard­ships in the hands of the Burmese mil­i­tary.”

The re­view said: “In the wake of the #MeToo move­ment, rape crimes have be­gun to be treated se­ri­ously, how­ever the au­thor con­tends that con­vic­tion of such crimes dur­ing war time is still very min­i­mal and se­ri­ous steps are needed to over­come this mind­set.”

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