Kassim Alhimidi wept over the body of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, at a prayer ceremony on Tuesday. She died after being found severely beaten in her home near San Diego.
This just broke my heart.
Three highlights of this article:
- [A note was] taped to the front door of their house on a quiet suburban street here. It said: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist”.
- The police caution against jumping to conclusions [as to whether or not this is a hate crime], saying they are still trying to determine whether she was targeted because of her religion or ethnicity, calling that just one possibility.
- [A high school girl from that area who was interviewed, stated] that last year one teacher told all of the Iraqi students to go back to their country, complaining that they took welfare and other money from the United States. That teacher does not teach Iraqi students anymore but still works at the school, she said.
“Update: May 9 2011 It’s monstrous — thousands of Ugandans could face the death penalty — just for being gay. On Wednesday, Parliament may pass a law that punishes homosexuality with death – we have 48 hours to act.
We’ve stopped this bill before, and we can do it again. Ugandan President Museveni is scared of losing valuable international aid from the West — after a massive international outcry last year, he stopped the bill from coming to a vote. But political unrest is mounting in Uganda, and religious extremists in Parliament are hoping confusion and violence in the streets will distract the international community from a second push to pass this hate-filled law. We can show them that the world is still watching. If we block the vote for two more days until Parliament closes, the bill will expire forever.
With 48 hours to go, every moment counts. Over half a million of us have already joined the call — let’s get to one million voices against Uganda’s gay death penalty in the next 48 hours — sign now then spread the word about this campaign!”