Note: this post was written by Aboosh.
لا كلمات تعبر عن أسى فقدان شخص عزيز، أحب الحياة وأغناها، على أيد عنف غير مبرر…
رحمك الله يا ريمة، الكثيرون سيفتقدون تفانيك في عملك و اخلاصك لمن أحببت.
نشكر قريبك عبوش الذي كرم ذكراك بكلماته وذكرياته … حتى يعرف الجميع من كنت ومن ستبقين في الذاكرة …
علينا الأن رفع أصواتنا حتى يأخذ العدل مجراه الصحيح …
To Know Reema
19/8/2010 By Aboosh:
She was too young to deserve this.
She was too beautiful inside and out to endure this torture and misery.
know Reema, is to know that she was the youngest sister in a family of 4
brothers and 6 sisters, my mom being the eldest. My 86 year old
grandfather was never supposed to bury his childern, especially not the
youngest. لا اعتراض على حكم الله.
To know Reema, is to know that
she was a small village girl with big girl dreams. She was bubbly,
smart, full of life and energy, a jokster, and the smile never left her
face, or those who surrounded her.
To know Reema, is to know that
she was an artist at heart, but was short from making it into Yarmouk
Uni College of Arts. She finished her studies in English Literature at
Philadelphia Uni, and became an English teacher. Soon enough, she proved
herself a valuable asset to the local society. She rose within the
teacher ranks to become a course coordinator for the English teachers in
the region. She was the leader of the local Scout Troops chapter,
saluting the Jordanian flag every morning at the Al-Mastaba Girls High
To know Reema, is to know that she was shot less than 4 days after she finished her Higher Diploma exams for her IT degree.
know Reema, is to know that the title of her IT degree graduation
project was “التغيير للمستقبل الواعد” which translates to “Change for a
Bright Future”, focusing on improving the tools the teachers have and
making the student the pivotal point in an increasingly IT-integrated
To know Reema, is to know she was a high
caliber teacher who participated inQueen Rania’s Jordan Education
Initiative and has presented her with appreciation letters from Queen
Rania’s office. She defied all the odds in the community and she had the
initiative to open up a Yarmouk Uni section in Al-Mastaba, so that her
other female colleagues won’t have to travel to Irbid City during the
week, but rather have the professor come to teach them; All in the name
of easing their daily suffering!
To know Reema, is to believe
that she was the best in what she did, plowing through the daily
husbandry abuse that ultimately cost her her life.
To know Reema,
is to know that she is one in many. She is the one whose life was cut
short, but speaking for many who continue endure daily physical and
mental abuse on the hands of their families and husbands. Yes, violence
against women is a global disease. But this one, oh, struck too close to
home, and the heart refuses to let her go in vain.
To know Reema, is to love Reema, and to promise her that her message is heard throughout the four corners of the universe.
we are awaiting to hear a single word from the Jordanian leadership
which does have the political well and the moral obligation to bring in
the change that was due the morning of last Friday! Your apathy, your
indifference and your silence is deafening!
I challenge you to
take on the responsibility that the people have entrusted in you. I
challenge you to uphold your mandate that defines your role in the
society. I challenge you to protect the constitutional rights for every
woman and child in Jordan, and assure them the safety they are entitled
We have a problem that we all need to face with courage and
humility. Reema was a victim of abuse, and she died a martyr. For how
long are we going to tolerate the abusers in our society? For how long
are we going to accept bruised women with missing teeth walking amongst
us as if it is the norm? For how long does the schizophrenic reality of
this society going to take a free pass before we intervene and cure it?
For how long are we going to allow one more frigging magician to destroy
more homes of the country we love and belong to? Do we have to actually
witness the sacrifice of every abused woman’s life before we put an end
to this insanity? Or is it because Reema is an ordinary woman with an
ordinary last name, you’d think she’ll be forgotten with the passing of
To know Reema, is to know she’s nothing but ordinary.
call for the establishment of a foundation in her name, focused on the
educating, protecting and empowering local women in all Jordanian
govetnorates, and having the highest level of social, psychological, and
psychosocial training to quickly act in response to domestic violence
I am aware of the fact that such programs do exist in
Jordan, but we need these programs and laws to be enforced, and the
punishment to be stiff (as it is the case in other developed countries).
This is the only way we can deter any one claiming to be a man who
abuses a woman, believing it is his God-given right as a man.
for myself and for my family, I personally thank all of those who
extended their condolences and prayers for my Aunt, may her soul rest in
peace. The outpour of support, sympathy, and anger over her
victimization is humbling.
The public outcry against this crime is overwhelming, both locally and internationally. A petition on change.org
ushers the Jordan government and Royal Family to enforce the laws to
protect women in Jordan. Global Voices, Elites TV and 7iber have also
ran extended pieces on the story. Many follow bloggers and tweeps have
been highly vocal and supportive in the need for change to honor Reema’s
To know Reema, is to have the courage to walk high in her footsteps.
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