Today’s RANT may leave you upset or uncomfortable. It did me.
I love National Geographic and have been a member for decades. They not only SHOW us the world in their magnificent pictures, they TELL us the truth about it, showing us intelligently the human side. The article below is no different.
As many of you know, I do a GREAT deal of research with every book I write. Many of my recent books, especially Unrelenting Love and Claimed by a SEAL, have included Iraqi cities named in this article. Be sure to take a good look at the map included showing where the Islamic State has been and still exists. Read the first-hand accounts of how their country was taken over with promises that not only went unfulfilled, but were turned into torture and terror as brother turned against brother. and women were subjugated.
My youthful feminism reared its fervent hackles when I read about how the women in Mosul were forced to cover themselves head to toe in black, after enjoying the freedom of modern dress for decades. They were also mandated to fundamentalist Islamic interpretations and not allowed to travel without a male member of their immediate family as an escort. Can you imagine not being allowed to jump in your car and drive to the grocery store, or work outside the home?
Men are affected too. As you’ll read, a male nurse in the article was lashed 50 times and jailed for bandaging a woman’s hand. You’ll see pictures of amputee children that will rip your heart out.
But know…this is REAL!
I’m Proud to Write Military Romance where I can show the devastation of war-torn countries, yet give my hero and heroine a happy ending. After facing the horrors expounded upon in this article, all those who serve deserve to come home and get a Happily Ever After.
Although, the subject is not forgotten. It will appear again in another one of my books, I assure you.