The child is 15 months old.
I am still breastfeeding my 21 month old. If I was living in Spain they would have grounds to take my child away.
This case is an appalling example of patriarchal interference in the mother-child bond and of riding roughshod over women, especially vulnerable women who may not have a male “patron” head of household, or who may be immigrants, in which case racism comes into play.
They have allowed her to visit her little daughter in the government institution for just one hour a week.
Here is the mother’s testimony on her daughter’s trauma from being separated from her loving mother:
This morning, a Spanish newspaper published further declarations by Dr. Olza about Habiba’s impression upon meeting her child briefly yesterday:
“My little girl is no longer the child I knew, at first she wouldn’t even look at me… she has lost half a kilo, she looks very thin, this is not proper childcare, she had circles under her eyes, she started crying as soon as I picked her up but then she would stop immediately as if she didn’t have the physical strength to cry any longer, she didn’t seem like my daughter, she looked like a dead child, a doll”.
Thankfully this is the internet age and it seems as though some high profile women are already on the case, plus the Spanish government is being inundated with letters.
But it makes me realise that this type of thing has been going on all along.. that the P has been pulling these stunts against women for years and years and it’s only now–now that we have mass electronic communication– that we are beginning to learn about it all.
Greer said that one of the biggest obstacles for women when they were eventually allowed access to education and the written word, was how misogynistic all the literature was… until then women had been going about their merry way ignorant of the bile that was targeted at them by male authors. Learning about the world and how men saw them was horrifying… but it was necessary in order to make changes.
I feel the same about the internet. Men have been playing these secret games of abusing women to get their kicks, but it seems to me that the jig is up. Women can organize and mobilize.. it is going to be a lot harder this century to keep these kinds of abuses against women a secret.. As much as they would like to, something tells me they’re not going to be able to do so as easily as they have done before.