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Morocco in shock as 17 year-old girl shares brutal rape ordeal

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A wave of indignation and shock has washed across Morocco after the story of a 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and tortured for three months came to light.

The girl, Khadija Okkarou, was held only a few kilometers from Casablanca. Ten or twelve men left obscene tattoos over her entire body in addition to signs of torture and cigarette burns.

Some 15,000 Moroccans have signed a petition urging authorities to provide urgent medical and psychological care to her. A drawing that portrays a nude tattooed girl with her face covered with ‘SOS’ has gone viral as has the hashtag that translates as ”We Are All Khadija”.

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Tattoo artists have offered to get rid of the tattoos. The victim came forward with the story in recent days and went on television to talk about the case after reporting it to the police. ”I will never forgive them. They have destroyed me,” she said as the video showed a Nazi symbol, pornographic drawings and insults tattooed on her skin. ”I tried to escape many times but they always managed to capture me. I was not allowed to eat or drink or wash myself,” she said.

She added that ”my father begged them to release me in exchange for silence (about what they had done, Ed.). This was how I managed to go home. I was the one to report everything to the police. I want justice.” No official statements have been made on the investigation but a dozen suspects have reportedly been interrogated and the first hearing may be held on September 6, according to unconfirmed leaks to newspapers.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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