Monday, November 28, 2011

Some people don't know where to draw the line

Woman's comment: "ميريام لم تكن عائدة في ساعات الفجر الأولى من سهرتها، لتحميلها مسؤولية ما تعرّضت له، إلاّ أنّها كانت ذاهبة لتلاوة تسعوية الأيقونة العجائبية"

Joumana's response:  

بمعزل عن وجع الأم، وفظاعة الجريمة، هل هذا يعني أن دماء الفتيات "العائدات من سهراتهنّ" تستحق الهدر؟ هل الذهاب الى الصلاة يشفع، والذهاب الى السهرة لا؟

I think it is very evident that the lady who said that, did not mean it this way. As far as I am concerned, I cannot believe that you wrote something like that and subjected yourself, you the supposedly professional journalist to be criticized by just a blogger.

Dear Joumana,
I think we all know that the lady who said that does not believe that girls who party in Gemmayze deserve to be raped/murdered or that it won't be as sad story, as it is in Myriam Achkar's case, in case they got murdered that way.

We all heard the comment, but we all took a step back, saw the big picture and told ourselves, this is a lady who is in grief, who saw how much suffering and agony the family was going through, felt angry, helpess, sad, violated... and said that comment.

What you should have wrote instead in your "بدون تمييز" was simply "RIP Myriam Achkar" and may every woman be safe.

Please journalists, raise the bar and let us bloggers learn from you. There are things that are evident my dear, things where you don't comment on, you just stay quiet. Please, just let the family grieve in peace! 

Source: Annahar


  1. Thank you Liliane, this is sooooo true. I want to add one point. I believe that the comment made by this woman is also supposed to be sarcastic since Myriam was "supposed" to be in a safe place, safer than gemayze or whatever.

  2. indeed! thanks for pointing this out.

  3. I think what she SHOULD have said was something along the lines of "women shouldn't take anything for granted and that we're not safe anywhere". Am I right?