FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A Fayette County man has been arrested after allegedly murdering his mother and wife on Saturday.
FOX 5 reports that around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, deputies arrived at the home of 34-year-old Johnny Edwards IV after a call came in about a domestic dispute.
Edwards was standing outside his home when deputies arrived. Deputies entered the home and found the bodies of two women.
Officials were able to link the 911 call to Edwards, making him the main suspect.
On Monday, deputies identified the victims as the suspect’s mother, 57-year-old Kathy Edwards, and his wife, 31-year-old Venus Quanteh, according to FOX 5.
Residents in the Highgrove subdivision were in shock at the scene that unfolded Saturday afternoon.
“It just hurts my heart to even think about it,” Cheryl Bolmon, a Highgrove resident, told FOX 5. “I really feel bad for this whole family, it’s just a sad thing. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
Sheriff Barry H. Babb told FOX 5 that the investigation is centering around Edwards.
JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community’s history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him.
The 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history, and it gave the company president pause in the discussions about where to locate his firm’s newest facility. Local clergy and community leaders made their case that the town of 7,600 people is not defined by a murder that happened almost 21 years ago.
They were able to convince the executive “that we are a lot different than what the world sees us as,” said Eddie Hopkins, head of the Jasper Economic Development Corporation.
The town’s past will be revisited this coming week, when the convicted ringleader in Byrd’s slaying is scheduled to be executed. Local leaders insist Jasper is a welcoming place that punished Byrd’s killers and will never forget what happened to him. But other townspeople, as well as members of Byrd’s family, believe Jasper has never fully accepted the crime’s place in its history. They say some tensions between the white and black communities remain unresolved.
“I think, quite frankly, people in Jasper are tired of talking about it. They want to forget it,” said Mylinda Washington, 66, one of Byrd’s sisters. “It happened here, and we need to always have that in front of us.”
In the early morning hours of June 7, 1998, three white men beat Byrd after offering him a ride. They then chained the 49-year-old to the back of a truck and dragged his body for nearly 3 miles along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper. Byrd was alive for at least two miles before his body was ripped to pieces. Prosecutors said he was targeted because he was black.
John William King, 44, an avowed racist who orchestrated the attack, is slated to be put to death Wednesday. He will be the second man executed in the case. Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in 2011. The third participant, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.
Before Byrd’s death, the community about 140 miles northeast of Houston, near the Texas-Louisiana border, was known more for the timber industry and for tourism at nearby Sam Rayburn Lake.
Back in 1998, the city was “incredibly progressive” as it was led by an African American mayor and had other African Americans in local leadership positions, said Cassy Burleson, a researcher at Baylor University who has been studying Jasper since the dragging.
The current interim mayor, Gary Gatlin, recalled how community leaders of all races came together and helped the town heal. “It certainly doesn’t go away, and we certainly remember what happened,” Gatlin said.
But racial tension resurfaced after Jasper’s first black police chief was fired in 2012, and two of the three black city council members who hired the chief were ousted in a recall election. The recall effort was marred by racial slurs.
City council member Rashad Lewis, who is black, was 12 when Byrd was killed. He said the dragging death unearthed racial hostility in his hometown. He remembers classmates wearing Confederate belt buckles and shirts right after Byrd was killed.
When he moved back to Jasper several years ago, Lewis said he ran for office because of a lack of minority representation. He is the only African American on the five-member council, which runs a community that is more than half African American. About 34 percent of the African American population lives below the poverty line.
Lewis, 33, is now running against Gatlin, hoping to become the second African American mayor in Jasper history. The election is May 4.
“As long as we keep a blindfold to the incident, we will never be able to move forward,” he said.
During his mayoral campaign, Lewis said, he’s had at least one online racial slur directed at him.
One of Jasper’s religious leaders, the Rev. Ronald Foshage, acknowledges that there is some prejudice in the town. But he said “you are going to find that anywhere.”
“It’s not the majority of our people, and it’s not who we are,” Foshage said.
Lewis said he proposed an annual day to come together in honor of Byrd, but his idea was rejected. While a park was named for Byrd and a bench in his honor was placed outside the courthouse where two of his killers were tried, nothing in Jasper memorializes the dragging death itself.
Gatlin said Jasper has not minimized Byrd’s death but “we’ve just tried to move on.”
In the years since the dragging, Byrd’s relatives created the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing . Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, another of Byrd’s sisters, said her family still hopes to build a multicultural center and museum in Jasper to promote diversity and education.
Both sisters, who live in Houston, said they hope their brother’s death continues to spur people to combat hate, wherever it may occur.
“Hate has not gone away,” Washington said. “Every week in the news, we’re reminded of that.”
(NEWSER) – The Islamic State may be harvesting organs from living prisoners for profit, according to a Reuters exclusive. The news company obtained a copy of Fatwa Number 68, which provides a religious justification for organ harvesting. “The apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity,” the document states. “Organs that end the captive’s life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited.” “Apostates” could refer to anyone from captive Christians to Sunni or Shiite Muslims, Reuters reports. The document opens up the possibility the Islamic State is taking organs from prisoners—fatally if need be—and selling them.
The fatwa comes from the terrorist group’s Islamic scholars. Reuters notes their interpretation of Islam does not match that of the majority of Muslims. The document—which was created last January—was obtained by the US government in a special forces raid in May. This is the first time any of the documents from the raid have been made public. While there is currently no proof the Islamic State is trafficking human organs, Iraq has accused them of doing it in the past. An Iraqi ambassador is pressuring the UN to use the document as evidence against the Islamic State. Read the full story here. (Read more Islamic State stories.)
Taemon Blair reportedly died by suicide on March 16, according to police in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, his grieving family is refuting those claims and believes someone lynched the father-to-be.
“We just want him to get justice. That’s all we want. We just want to find out exactly if somebody did it who did it and why, and we want to open it back up to see,” Dee Smith, Blair’s older brother, said to FOX 46 Charlotte, where Blair lived.
Blair’s death has received little media attention from prominent celebrities and activists, except for rapper T.I. posting about his mysterious passing on his Instagram page Tuesday.
Blavity reached out to Fort Wayne police to inquire about the case and was told, “Until the investigation is complete, the police department is not authorized to provide any further information regarding Taemon’s death.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Smith, who penned an emotional plea for assistance in his brother’s funeral costs.
“All of our lives we’ve had to struggle. In and out of foster homes, and group homes. Taemon went through a rough patch in his life. He went to jail for a year. When he got out he promised to change his life. He went and got his diploma. He had straight A’s in HS. He has always been on the A honor roll. My brother finally got his life on track!”
Per Smith, Blair’s colleague found him hanging from his neck in the back of his delivery truck. Initially, the unidentified witness believed the driver committed suicide, which is the same conclusion the Allen Country Coroner’s Office came to in a brief and vague statement released Thursday about Blair’s passing.
“The Cause of Death is Asphyxia due to Hanging, and the Manner of death is suicide,” deputy coroner Christopher Meihls wrote.
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Smith is having trouble accepting that outcome and discussed his family’s theories on the GoFundMe page, as well.
“But something in my heart told me that he didn’t commit suicide. He was 6’5, I thought to myself, how could he hang himself inside of a truck when he’s so tall,” Smith argued.
Blair’s passing has sparked the hashtag #JusticeforTaemon, with many on Twitter coming together to seek the truth in this probe.
A 14-year-old girl, one of the victims in a brutal, deadly hammer attack in Jefferson Parish, was taken off life support, and the suspect in the assault is facing an additional murder charge, officials confirmed.
Officials with the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that they received the body of Nashawna Riley after she was taken off life support. Her family confirmed Tuesday that she had been declared brain-dead.
A spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Riley succumbed to her injuries Wednesday. Terrance Leonard, the suspect, was booked on an additional count of first-degree murder, officials said.
Leonard, 33, confessed to the attacks on four children and his girlfriend at a home in the 900 block of West Monterey Court in Terrytown, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Leonard used the hammer to beat the children while they slept and told detectives he had used crack cocaine.
Leonard is also accused of waiting for his girlfriend, Kristina Riley, to come home and then bludgeoning her to death. Kristina Riley was the mother of three of the children and the aunt of the fourth child.
Two of the children died at the home, investigators said. Two others were taken to a hospital, including Nashawna Riley.
Leonard now faces four counts of first-degree murder.
Dozens came together Monday evening to honor the victims and gathered at Woodmere Cafe in Harvey for a benefit. The owner of the cafe said he had contacted the family members and wanted to do something nice for them. There’s also a benefit set up by Hancock Whitney Bank. To donate, visit any bank location and mention the Riley family.
The family thanked the community for its outpouring of support.
While the UN-hosted Africa Climate Week takes place in Ghana aiming to strengthen African governments’ responses to the climate crisis, hundreds are dead and millions of people face severe impacts as cyclone hits Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
GLOBAL – Already considered by the UN as possibly the worst cyclone ever to strike Southern Africa, Idai has ripped through villages and towns in three countries over the last few days, taking over 1000 lives and leaving a trail of destruction. With winds of 195 km/h accompanied by lashing rains, Idai has already affected millions of people, causing floods, landslides and ruining crops and roads.
Showing that the threats under debate are real, the cyclone hit the continent at the same time governments, private sector and other stakeholders are meeting at the Africa Climate Week to discuss possible late commitments to stop global warming.
Landry Ninteretse, Africa Team Leader at 350.org, said:
“For a continent already wracked by its severe impacts, cyclone Idai is just another chilling reminder of the reality of the climate crisis. Whilst the most vulnerable communities are facing the real impacts of climate change on the ground, government authorities are yet to come up with real and strong commitments.”
“The government’s inertia and lack of concrete actions to solve global warming are an insult to people facing untold suffering in every corner of the continent, whereas new coal and mining infrastructure and carbon commodification continue to be allowed.”
More than two million people could have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and the real death tolls may not be known for many months as the countries deal with a still unfolding disaster. The port city of Beira, in Mozambique, was hit the hardest, with nearly 80 percent of homes and public infrastructures destroyed.
The number of cyclones and extreme floods in Southern Africa have been increasing in the last years due to the change in weather patterns likely caused by global warming. And while some countries appear to be already reducing carbon emissions and moving towards an energy transition that can contain the worse effects of climate change, Africa continues to be an open field for the fossil fuel industry, especially coal infrastructure.
“The solutions to the climate crisis are also well known. They include ending coal extraction and mining in the very short term and stop funding new coal infrastructure – mines or power plants -, while accelerating investments in renewables.
International cooperation and funding from industrialised economies are yet necessary to combat climate change. And such efforts should start by not promoting or funding any fossil fuel projects anywhere in the world.”
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Being the host of the Daily Show puts Trevor Noah is the unique position to tackle the issues of the day with humor, but also to get serious when needed. The Huffington Post reports on a case of the latter, when Noah talked about the death of Emantic Bradford Jr. by police in an Alabama Mall on Thanksgiving night.
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Maine:”White privilege shows it is ugly face in America once again white woman was texting while she was driving and killed three people all she got was probation”.
Zoe Reardon is an example of the epitome of white privilege. After killing three people, including three month old baby, she will only be on probation for 36 months.
The 18-year-old into a plea deal on Monday to avoid any jail time for possible texting while driving her Jeep to Woodstock, Georgia, before she collided with three people and killed them all in 2017
“You are pretty,” Cherokee County state court judge Alan Jordan said to Reardon sympathetically.” You got a light, have you. I expect this is something you are going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.
Reardon killed Kathy Deming, Kate Hunt and Hunt’s three months old daughter Riley. They are walking to a concert at Woodstock amphitheater.
“Riley died in the collision. Deming died two days later. Katelyn Hunt was taken off life support. A few days after the crash, changes having taken measures to follow her wishes as an organ donor.
Maine: that is heartbreaking. This woman knowing dong well that you are not supposed to text and drive in any city or state in the United States it is illegal. One day you hear next day you all gone. It amazes me that this woman was complimented by Judge says she was young. Those words should never come out of a judges mouth because it shows favoritism. The law supposed to be blind.
Reardon,Defense? Reportedly, she claimed the family just”walked right in front”of the car. However, she Sent text messages to her father just moments before the crash, which Reardon’s team argued did not distract her. Her attorney, Manny Aurora even said.’ Sometimes an accident is just an accident. You do not need to try and force blame on somebody.
Maine: this woman is cold-blooded. Any thing to gain her freedom even when every body in the court knows that if you are texting while driving. You have to take your eyes off the road. The moment that she was texting she hit those people because there is records of her using her phone and same time she killed those people. An accident is not an accident. You break the law. In the process of killing three people.
Reardon, Who turns 19 on Tuesday, told the family,” I regret this the first time he ever heard from me. I often wanted to reach out. I can imagine how much pain you are experiencing. All the heartbreak and loss. I am truly sorry.
Social media has been outraged been the week sentencing, especially considering the through no fault of their own. Ironically, Reardon, while being doing probation in Texas, but she is in college
Maine: that is how it works in these strange days that we having in this country called America. If this is a sign of what the new world order is going to be the world has seen nothing yet. I have no idea how you get probation while killing three people premeditated or accidental. Somebody has to look at the judges background. Do you have a daughter? Does his daughter look like The defendant. What will make him make this decision? I think when it comes to the case a judges background need to be public knowledge to assess any type of favoritism, bias, or racial traits that can affect a judges decision. I believe that the courthouse should have some kind of internal affairs department for the judges, lawyers, bailiffs. We no longer can afford just one man, even if he is a judge to make godlike decisions of the People’s and the citizens of these United States.
The Los Angeles county medical examiner identified the body of a girl found dead this week on Hacienda Heights hiking trail as nine-year-bold Trinity love Jones.
Investors have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing there investigation. Name of those detained were not immediately known, however, investigators said there considered a person of interest. Motorola’s advanced files at this time.
The child’s body was discovered by county workers. Around 10:30 AM Tuesday in a duffel bag at the bottom of an embodiment close to Colima Road hacienda Boulevard near the HSI Lai Buddhist temple, Lieut. Scott Hoglund said during a press conference Wednesday.
Maine: is a shame that people perceive themselves to kill a young lady like this. There is no word that can describe a young lady stuff in a duffel bag with half of body parts missing. How can somebody do this to you only. Why is it that these crimes are targeted only to African-Americans.
The child’s death is being investigated as a homicide as the general was the font you love Jones said he learned of his younger daughter’s death through a telephone call.
Maine: what is going on in the world where father is lost track of his daughter so much that he found out about his daughter’s death to a telephone call. Parenting in this country, especially in the black community has to greatly improve. Where is the mother to do so story I read about nothing of the mother should be suspect.
Family members create a memorial candles, flowers, below, stuff animals and photos at the trial where Trinity was found.
“Words cannot explain what is now,” Jones said at a memorial site. “I just want answers. I just want justice. She was just the best full Character, full of life, full of joy.”
An autopsy has been completed on the body of the girl believed to be between eight and 13 years old and described as black, about 4’4″ tall and weighing about 55 pounds. The coroner’s office as the only release because it death.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department release a composite sketch of the girl Wednesday, all with a photo of a paint longsleeved top with the words”future princes hero”and gray pants with pandas on them that she was wearing body was found.
Investigators believe the child’s remains were that at that location within 24 hours of being found that the child died roughly 48 hours before her body was discovered.
“This animal for the department, for the community, and were going to do our best to figure out what day two suspicions death of the child involved,” Sheriff Alexander said in a news conference.” I directed the investigation to spare no effort to find out what happened.”
“Investigators did not observe any obvious signs of trauma to the body. Alex said.
This is believe the girl was left in his garage adjacent to the equestrain trail early evening hours of Sunday, about a day before the body was found.
Authorities are seeking. Tell him it was who saw anything suspicious on the Boulevard included a vehicle pulled over to side during that timeframe or recognize the composite sketch of the girl all cool bleaching was where. Investigators yet know if the girl was alive or dead when she was placed inside the bag, Hoglund said.
“The motive at this time is a no,”Hoglund told reporters.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the shares, cyber at 323-89-0550, or crime stoppers at 800-222- tips
Maine: my first thought about this story is worth it parentsMaine: To often, Nowadays, parents do not pay close attention to the whereabouts of the children, was it the father found out the death of her through a phone call. Especially what happened to the presence of the mother was she involved . There is no mention of the child’s mother throughout this whole story.
How did the killer Kidnapped this child. The message on this child shirt just adds to the horrific point of this story. To me black kids are being snatched up without the parents awareness was born on.
I hope that people see this story and learn the dangers of this world. Keep a close eye on you beloved children and all times. Resting his little sister is your destination.
In his most shocking move since becoming president two weeks ago, Donald Trump’s regime is making changes to America’s domestic terrorism programs. He’s officially legalizing religious profiling of Muslims and is removing dangerous white supremacist extremist groups from the watch lists; although they are responsible for most of the domestic terrorism that occurs in America.
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
Authorities have blamed radical and violent ideologies as the reason a white supremacist shot nine Black people inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and Islamist militants for shootings and bombings in California, Florida, and New York. A reporter tweeted that getting rid of the tracking of America’s homegrown extremists such as the KKK, “patriot” groups, and neo-Nazi groups, will hamper all that the CVE program does to track known hate groups and criminal enterprises.
The Republican Party has made it a point to instill Islamophobia into public policy and now terrorism will only be referred to as “radical Islam.” This policy is a strategy by the Trump administration to give false justification for his Muslim ban which affects one out of every eight Muslims worldwide from seven countries. The removal of white supremacists and violent extremist groups from federal tracking programs appears to be a direct move by Trump’s advisor, Steve Bannon to foster racial hatred and religious discrimination. Trump’s administration has already removed the CVE’s 5-point counterterrorism strategy page from the State Department’s website.READ Video: Black Musician Explains How and Why He Became Friends With White Supremacists
Reuters’ news agency has said Trump’s attempt to brand terror as something solely carried out by Islamic groups is impractical and extremely unproductive. The news agency noted:
Hoda Hawa, director of policy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said she was told last week by people within DHS that there was a push to refocus the CVE effort from tackling all violent ideology to only Islamist extremism. “That is concerning for us because they are targeting a faith group and casting it under a net of suspicion,” she said.
While some Republicans in Congress have pressed the use of the term “radical Islam” as a strategy to help focus deterrence efforts; others have said it’s a terrible way to ostracize over three million people in America that practice Islam in a peaceful manner.
Those who oppose the Trump proposal of only singling out Muslims as possible terrorist, feel his program will make it that much more difficult for Muslims to trust his administration. Especially considering the fact he just signed an executive order banning Muslims from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering America only one week after being in office.
For several years now, American law enforcement agencies have said the greatest risk of domestic terrorism comes from white supremacists or terrorists like the KKK, neo-Nazis, and those who share their viewpoint. Which is in stark contrast to groups like al-Qaeda, who are more focused on exploiting the struggle for control in the Middle East.
It makes obvious sense that America needs to be vigilant against ISIS-inspired attacks but the government also has to pay attention to white supremacist hate groups as well.
Many are comparing Pedro Gonzaga in Brazil to Eric Garner.
The killing of a Black teenager in Brazil, which has a long history of police violence against Afro-Brazilians, sparked a movement to protect Black lives. This comes against the backdrop of a new law-and-order Brazilian president coming to power with an anti-Black agenda.
Demonstrators rallied in five major cities in Brazil after the death on Feb. 14 of 19-year-old Pedro Gonzaga whom a supermarket security guard choked—fueling a Black Lives Matter movement, the Guardian reported.
It’s unclear exactly what led to the confrontation. The security guard reportedly used a sleeper hold on Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack at a hospital. A video showed at least one bystander pleading with the security guard to stop. “He is suffocating him,” a woman is heard saying on a video of the incident. Gonzaga was taken unconscious to the hospital.
Parallels to Eric Garner, the unarmed African-American man who died after a New York City cop used a chokehold to arrest him, were widely noted by the demonstrators.
“There has never been a Black Lives Matter [movement] in Brazil to compare to the United States, but this year I think it will happen more often because the black community is more and more united,” Rene Silva, a protest organizer in Rio, said.
In July 2018, Amnesty International, a global human rights organization, noted that police killings of Black youths in Brazil continue 25 years after the infamous Candelária massacre, in which eight young boys were killed by off-duty police officers in Rio de Janeiro. The incident sparked international outrage, yet little has changed more than two decades later.
“The struggle to protect Black Brazilian youths from police violence and deliver justice for the victims of the past remains as vital and relevant as ever,” Amnesty International said.
Unfortunately, things seem unlikely to change any time soon. In January, far-right politicianJair Bolsonaro, who was once on trial for racism, was sworn in as Brazil’s president. He has a long history of making hateful comments about women, the LGBT community and Afro-Brazilians.
Survivors say rape has become “just a normal thing” for women caught up in South Sudan’s civil war
When government forces launched their attack on the village of Bauw in South Sudan’s Unity state in early summer, Nyaduri and several other women fled into the bush.
Their hiding place only gave them protection for so long. Fighters soon followed them.
In the end Nyaduri was spared, thanks to her visibly swollen pregnant belly. But she was made to watch as armed men raped four of her companions.
“If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes,” Nyaduri (not her real name) told us at the UN base near the town of Bentiu, where tens of thousands of people have fled in recent months.
After decades of vicious civil war, the world’s youngest nation enjoyed a brief period of calm after independence in 2011, before being plunged into a fresh conflict.
The violence in South Sudan — often gruesome, sometimes targeting civilians merely for their ethnicity or perceived political allegiance — has displaced 2 million people, and famine threatens too.
But new evidence suggests that the war’s toll on women and girls is particularly horrific.
Surge in Sexual Violence
In late April, South Sudan’s government, using its own soldiers and allied militia fighters, began a multi-pronged military campaign in Unity state to recapture territory held by rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.
Amid the killing of civilians, widespread pillaging of cattle, and destruction of homes, scores of women have been subjected to appalling sexual violence. We documented dozens of cases of rape, including gang rapes. Almost every person we met had heard of or knew someone that government forces or their allied militias had raped. One woman said that rape had become “just a normal thing.”
Another woman told us that she was forced at gunpoint to watch militiamen gang rape her two adult daughters and then torture one of them. “They grabbed [my older daughter] and held her down in a fire and burned her face, her shoulder, and the length of her body,” she said. “They let go of her and left when she caught on fire.”
Women who evaded rape consider themselves fortunate “merely” to have been beaten. Women of all ages, including the elderly, were often battered with ropes or sticks. One woman was beaten so hard she had a miscarriage.
The militia fighters also abducted women and girls. Some raped women before kidnapping them as “wives” while taking others to put to work. Women and children were sometimes made to carry looted goods or to herd stolen cattle away from their villages on journeys that could last several days. Women were also forced to cook for fighters and were beaten as they worked. Many women are likely still in captivity.
The recent government offensive has prompted around 100,000 people in Unity state to flee their homes. Since April, 30,000 of them have sought refuge at the UN camp near Bentiu. Although UN peacekeepers protect the camp, women and girls remain at risk of sexual violence inside the camp, especially when collecting water or using unlit latrines at night. And leaving the camp poses threats too, especially the four-hour trek to collect firewood that requires crossing front lines around Bentiu.
The sheer scale of the crimes committed in the past few months is shocking, but the brutality of the assaults is sobering, too. Not only were many women gang raped in full view of others, but those who were too badly injured to attempt the journey to the UN camps and were left behind to fend for themselves.
Dealing with Atrocities
South Sudan’s justice system simply does not have the capacity to deal with crimes on this scale, and the government lacks the political will. These abuses have persisted because of decades of impunity.
The UN Security Council urgently needs to step in. It must either help establish an independent hybrid court or refer crimes committed in South Sudan to the International Criminal Court. The Security Council should also establish an arms embargo on both government and rebel forces.
Such moves may not help end the conflict, but they could help break the horrific cycle of violence engulfing South Sudan.
Unlike Nyaduri, who could only shut her eyes to escape the horrors unfolding in front of her, the international community has a choice. Its choice should be to open its eyes, see, and act. The women of South Sudan deserve no less.
Nearly two and a half years after 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin was burned to death on the West Side, his family has announced the reward for information about his killer has increased to $15,000.
Griffin, a freshman at Steinmetz High School, was found inside a burning trash can in the Austin neighborhood on Sept. 17, 2016. Officers discovered his body when they responded to a call of a refuse fire in the 5500 block of West Cortez Street.
The teenager’s death was ruled a homicide and an autopsy later determined he had been burned alive. His case has remain unsolved.
New contributions from community and faith leaders increased the reward from $10,000, Griffin’s aunt Rochelle Sykes said Monday.
Sykes said her family continues to be “heartbroken” by her nephew’s death.
Griffin’s image — along with those of four other child victims of Chicago violence — is included in a stained glass window at the West Side New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd. The window, Sykes said, will be officially unveiled Sunday.
Sykes said it’s important that people don’t hear about these cases and forget. For low-income families from poor neighborhoods, Sykes said, homicides are all too often “swept up under the rug.”
“That’s not right,” Sykes said. “No child deserves what he got. My family has no closure … and this city is doing nothing.”