Skip to comments.Finding Husbands for Iraq's Widows
Posted on 10/10/2009 9:10:18 AM PDT by Saije
After the bombing of Samarra's famed Shiite Askariya shrine in February 2006, a spate of sectarian-based attacks claimed the lives of many Iraqis. The victims were mostly male, leading to a surge in the number of widows in the country.
Indeed, more than 1 million Iraqi women have become widows in the past three years, according to Samira Al Musawi, the head of the Women and Child Committee in the Iraqi parliament.
So, in 2006, Iraq's Al Ethar NGO, a nonprofit organization that provides women and their children with money and free health care, began a controversial new program to help interested widows find second husbands.
Initially, most of the women balked at the idea, worried about facing adverse responses from their communities.
But the program has seen more than 40 widow remarriages in the past three years. Mohammed Abbas, the executive director of Al Ethar, said his organization supplies interested men with photo albums and biographies of widows willing to remarry, as well as details of any children from first marriages...
..not everyone thinks kindly of Al Ethar's program. Al Musawi said she "declared my full refusal to this idea," likening it to "showcasing and ... selling and buying women through making use of widows' economic status."
But her opposition is not entirely grounded in fact, because the monthly payroll, estimated at $90, paid by the Iraqi government to widows is usually cut off after the women remarry. Al Ethar occasionally helps the newly married couple, providing them with funds to start their new lives, although not every couple receives aid from the establishment.
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Heck blow up the widows!
We don’t need more terrorist kids in the world ... .
Maybe these widows will now think twice about supporting their sons’ wishes to become “martyrs” as so many moslem women do today.
What do they look like?
There are lots of young, single soldiers in the US Army...
30 million husbands ready and waiting in China, I think the story went yesterday or the day before. Sooner or later it’s goona be “we are here for your women” except I don’t think they will be asking so nicely.
Can't see why they can't snag a husband.
Agree, and the Chinese guys won’t dig those Halloween uniforms...so maybe they’ll straighten out the place.
Bring back the harems.....
Hey at least they won’t blow the paycheck on shoes and latest fashion trends! There’s a silver lining in every burqa.
Well it looks like to me the solution is to have all those single Chinese men go to Iraq and well, you get the picture. /sarcasm
I wonder how many widows there are in Afghanistan - and China is having bigger balls on terrorism. Tell them to send all their bachelors there, have them kill all the terrorists, and they can marry the girls and widows. We solve their bare branch (boys without wives) problem and our terrorism problem as all once. And, as bad as it sounds, China would be an improvement for their women.
Evidently you haven’t looked into how the Chinese treat women’s rights. I have a good friend that goes there often on business and he told me that most women are treated like whores. I don’t think China is a good model to go after.
100,000 or 200,000 years at this rate and the problem will be solved! At last, a government program that actually works.