Story Fifty Six: Nada Thakeb from Egypt
About an hour ago, and after a sad visit to my sick Uncle, my sister and I were walking down King Faisal main road and waiting for our ride. 3 boys “from their clothes I could tell they were respectable and younger than I am” The first guy came and harassed my sister, he got too close to her so she pushed him away and yelled, he got a bit further away from us. The other two boys though kept going, so we started yelling loudly to try and grab the attention of people around us so they would be scared….but what happened was the complete opposite. They started cursing us “Don’t yell, you whore!” and in less than a second the whole scene was turned into a big fight….they were hitting us and cursing us with the worst of name calling. A lot of people came around us and their only aim was to help us escape from these people and to stop a taxi for us so that we wouldn’t be really hurt.
We were determined that we don’t leave before we have justice and take them to the police station…but we failed and some man decided to share his finale by saying “Why don’t you listen and go away, or are you happy that you are surrounding by men?” The street was very busy and it had shops and lights all over the place, it wasn’t even late, and it is winter which means that my sister and I were fully covered with lots of clothes and there is not even a cm of skin showing… so excuse me?
I am badly hurt physically from their beatings and from people’s pushing and a lot of important things in my bag are broken, and more than that I am really psychologically in pain that I can’t even describe.
I hate everything and every one, we have reached to the point of such rude behavior and lack of manhood….and in the day light just like that? All the ignorance, traditions, beards, and sights that are just horrible to look at. Every man that was there today and did not try to interfere to help….every man that did intervene but in a negative way just to prevent these guys from being taken to the police…
Although these harassment incidents and disgusting acts that happened, happen, and will happen to me and all the girls. The sight of my sister getting beaten up by the guy who harassed her in the middle of a crowd of 30 men (atleast) and the fact that I was incapable of doing anything except shout and yell …and even that wasn’t heard because of how many people were around us…that was the worst thing that has happened to me during my 25 years of life.
I was offended enough in this ugly country, and I have a huge right that even if I lived for the rest of my life trying to gain it back… its not enough.