Minivan News 8th November 2008:
Just over two months ago, Shareefa Abdul Kareem’s 14-year old daughter was grabbed by a group of six men when she was walking home on her small, sleepy island in Noonu atoll.
Dragging her to an isolated beach, four of the men violently raped her, to the extent where she needed hospital treatment for three days.
Despite confessing their actions to police, five of the men remain free on the island, and have threatened the girl – who remains in her house for safety – they will carry out another attack.
As fellow islanders remain silent, Shareefa, 50, talks to Minivan News about how she copes with the trauma – and, as a mother of five, how helpless she feels.
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