Modern woRLd INDIA'S WOMEN AND THEIR SILENT STRUGGLES

Table of contents

Introduction by kailee lake

Across the globe: Mock interview with sec. State hillary clinton RecOrded by joey zeldin

Between two guitars with Terrence Trevino and kyle mehl

"Kerenni" and "Burmese" Poems by Josh Leash

"WomAndAla" Mandala art by Rachel LeipharT

"Run" Painting by Kailee lake

"Burmese" and "Karenni" Poems By josh leash

Bibliography by joey zeldin

IntrodUction

India, a vast region of beautiful scenery, but behind the scenes every day, 52 women and young girls are smuggled out of Nepal to India and enter the life of slavery.

This magazine is inspired by a book appropriately titled “SOLD” by Patricia McCormick. It describes the life of a young 13 year old girl named Lakshmi who is sold by her step father and travels from beautiful Nepal, to rustic India unaware she will be sold as an object to men during the night hours risking her life against a antagonist named Mumtaz, Sexually transmitted diseases, and the other girls in the brothel.

Our magazine features two interviews by Terrance Trevino, and Joey Zeldin. Along with art work by Kailynn Lake, and Rachel Liephart, with a bonus page on the book "bamboo people" done by Josh Leash. All of these beside our bonus page will contain valid factual information on sex slavery and trafficking throughout Southern Asia

Mock interview with hillary rodham clinton on women's inEquality And ABuse by joey zeldin

Between two guitars with terrence trevino with special guest kYle mehl

ArtWorks

Run by KaiLee Lake

For this painting it was inspired by young females trying to run from slavery back home to Nepal. Every day 52 women are taken from their homes in Nepal and transported across many miles to India where they live in brothels, treated like slaves and sexual object at many men's disposal. They are lied to and told of marriage and money for their families back home in Nepal. In the book sold it depict a non-fictional story about a young girl led to the sex trade by falsely being told she would work as a maid in a city with golden roofs. Naive young girls escape anywhere between 25-30 girls a day only to be caught and beaten back into submission. With being transported many miles from home there is remotely no chance for them to get to safety, not speaking any language but that of Nepal, contacting diseases there impair them from moving for period of time, women are at struggle.

Womendala by Rachel Leiphart.

My project is a visual art piece. I chose to draw a mandala. Drawing mandalas is one of my favorite things to do, that's why I chose this as my artwork. I included a representation in the center of my piece that stands for women's equality. Women's equality is a very big issue in India. I'm focusing on Bihar, India. My research question is how are women's rights being abused in Bihar, India, and how can women's rights be improved? One of my sources stated that women in India live in a male dominated society. This already limits their rights. Women in Bihar don't even feel comfortable walking the streets to get food for their families. Women have even resorted to quitting their jobs because of fear walking to and from work back home. Women take care of their families by working to feed them. Yet, even so, they still get treated poorly by men. By including this, it gives another meaning to the drawing. Now it is not only a mandala, but a symbol of equality for women in not only India, but all around the world also.

PoEms by josh leash

Karenni

The wind blows quietly Not stirring the bamboo Or the rice paddies The village is quiet Against the setting sun Mother and father Brother and sister Settle down to sleep After a delicious dinner But then the bamboo stirs Footsteps are heard Unseen mouths make sound Father and brother grab their weapons The village stirs, slow and quiet They sit and wait by the river bend The voices grow louder, until... BANG! The sound breaks the silence Like rock shattering glass Men on both sides charge Screams are heard The village is alight, Not by sun Ash piles around There is no sound And the river is red.

Burmese

Taken from home, alone Kicked and beat Starved and punished Training, running, fighting 'Destroy the separatists!' They cry Crying every night Crying every day Knowing I won't see mother Knowing I won't see sister Knowing I will die faceless and nameless Now I'm stuck in an eternal march Though stream and muck Farm and field Mosquitos bite us endlessly And now through bamboo The moon is high It's silver beams pierce bamboo Orders are given, 'Kill the separatists!' Go to a sleeping village Unsuspecting village BANG! There are screams Men before us dropping BANG! There are screams Homes collapse BANG! There are no screams The river is red and the village is quiet

In South East Asia, there is the country of Burma, widely known as Myanmar. This is a country with many different ethnic and religious groups. Burma however is a divided country from it's modern day roots to today. The novel 'Bamboo People' reflects these events, with war and cultural divide present, along with social issues as child soldiers and poverty also present. There are many reasons for the strife between various ethnic and religious groups in Burma. One reason for the fighting between the Karenni, a term broadly used for the multitude of non-Burmese ethnic groups, and Burmese is religion. The Burmese are Bhuddist, while the Karenni groups are either Bhuddist, Hindu, Muslim, or Christian. This isn't the sole cause however, as for the first ten years of the modern Burma state, these various groups and Burmese got along well, all of them promised autonomy and equal representation. These promises were suspended however, along with the constitution of the time, after a successful military coup in the government. The new government made Bhuddism the state religion, and began political repression of Karenni, forcing them off their land or killing them. It should be noted that one of the possible reasons for this behavior was the fact that many of their lands were resource rich, which the government saw as ways to enrich Burma. Soon after, civil war ensued, and has lasted for decades since, up until this day.
The purpose of this article is for you, the reader, to understand the plight of the Karenni, and the issues they face. Through mass eviction, murder, and raiding, they are forced to flee. Many flee to neighboring Thailand, where they also face similar issues due to government projects. Luckily, in recent years, the military government has stepped down, and is in transition to civilian government. The Karenni fighting groups and Burmese government are now discussing the ideas of peace, and with democracy seeming to return to Burma, the future looks bright for all of Burma. The artistic products for this magazine are two poems, one from the view of a neutral view, of a skirmish in a Karenni village, and one from the view of a Burmese soldier within the skirmish. The ending is left ambiguous for readers to decipher.

The poems typed above are based on a different story called Bamboo people, a book on child soldiers in burma.

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"India: Women and Children Regularly Raped and Abused." India: Women and Children Regularly Raped and Abused | Blogs | Amnesty International UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

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