ZIMBABWE: Even with ‘Tapestries of Hope’ girl child violence continues

ZIMBABWE, Africa: Three-year-old Runyararo screams every time she sees a man. She was found abandoned at a bus station. When the Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) took her for an examination there was evidence of sexual assault, and attempted penetration, a clear sign of rape though she has not yet been tested for HIV/AIDS.

In a country where the myth that ‘sex with a virgin’ can cure HIV/AIDS, there is a high probability she has already contracted the virus. Zimbabwe is in the top five AIDS countries in the world, with some estimating that 80% of adults live with AIDS.

Michealene Cristini Risley’s documentary film, Tapestries of Hope, exposes the myth of the HIV/AIDS cure claimed by those who believe that the rape of a young virgin will cure someone suffering from the disease.

Read the full article at http://womennewsnetwork.net/2011/11/28/zimbabwe-girl-child-violence-continues/

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    I watched the documentary and could not stop thinking about Runyararo Makoni. What a beautiful little girl. Is this little girl up for adoption and if so what is the contact information. I would love to bring her to the U.S. and raise her in a loving environment. Thank you Michealene for bringing this horrible situation to the attention of the world.

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  14. Diane says:

    I just watched this film and was saddened to my core. How unbelievable that this is happening to innocent little girls, in any country, we are all human beings. I just had my first daughter this year and all I could think of while watching this movie was “how grateful I am we live in the U.S., yet how can I protect her from this happening to her?” I know it can happen anywhere because I am also a rape victim. Please tell me where and how I can send these girls clothes. I cannot donate money, I am an out of work single mother of 4, but I have clothes these girls could use.

  15. I’m doing a large art piece on canvas with colored pencils. Runyararo is going to be the center piece, she just shines with joy with the big blue hat on her head. I hope it can be auctioned off and the money going to Betty for the Girl child Network. My art can be seen by clicking on the link above.

  16. Jan says:

    Words cannot express the sadness i feel for these women–our sisters in humanity, What will it take for the Junior Leagues or the Women’s Clubs of every city in the US to stand up and say, “ENOUGH! We will no longer allow this to happen to another child of any age, in ANY country”.

    We must stand together, united against such despicable treatment of women and children. We must, as a strong, powerful country do whatever is necessary to stop this obscene violence!

    Thank you for your brave determination to help the many who cannot help themselves. You have touched and inspired me at a time when I desperately needed someone to look up to.

    Thank you ever so much!

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  18. Elly says:

    Alright alright alright that’s ecxatly what I needed!

  19. kimberly burse says:

    Hi, my name is Kimberly Burse. I just saw your heartbreaking, yet inspiring film today. I don’t have much, but I want to know how can I help or get involved to stop violence against women in africa or anywhere. I was amazed by the stories of the girls in the movie. The girls in the movie still had hope in there beautiful eyes. Each and everyone of the girls were beautiful with amazing spirits. I want to get involved and try to stop the hate against girls and women. These girls deserve to be treated like princesses and queens. I want to get involved.

  20. Thank you Michaeline for your spirit of determination, your eye on human rights reporting for the women of Zimbabwe and your humanity. We applaud the value and the message of “Tapestries of Hope.”

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