Khadijettou Mohamed Mahmoud Speaks Out Against Sexual Violence And Impunity In Politics
Düsseldorf, March 17 (TNA) At a conference on "Sexual Violence in Politics," Khadijettou Mohamed Mahmoud courageously and determinedly shared her story. She recounted her ordeal of being raped at the age of 18 by Brahim Ghali, the leader of the Polisario, and denounced the impunity he enjoys with the complicity of neighboring countries.
The conference, which took place a week after International Women's Day, was attended by Sarah Lee Heinrich, President of the Federal Youth Office of the German Greens; Franziska Brandmann, President of the Federal Youth Office of the German Liberals; Christina Kampmann, Spokeswoman for Domestic Policy in the SPD Parliamentary Group in the North Rhine-Westphalia Parliament; and Tessniem Kadiri, a journalist and television presenter in Germany, carries a strong symbolic charge.
Khadijettou also highlighted the lack of support from society and the guilty silence of the Algerian authorities, who covered up this sexual assault. She emphasized her ongoing struggle for justice in the Spanish courts, where she resides.
She denounced the inhumane conditions in which the populations of the Tindouf hostage camps live, where human rights are systematically violated. She also denounced the endemic corruption prevailing within the leadership of the Polisario and the diversion of international humanitarian aid by these same leaders.
Khadijettou concluded her speech by calling on German authorities to deploy more efforts to promote the rights of Sahrawi women and girls in the Tindouf hostage camps. Her testimony resonates as a call to collective conscience for urgent action against sexual violence and for the protection of fundamental human rights.