Friday, October 27, 2006

Khalid Adem Is Innocent !




Khalid Adem is innocent. This is a false accusation. He is decent, hard working ,and law abiding person. He couldn't have done such a thing. This is a case of revenge because of divorce and bitter custody. How come the mother didn't find the circumcision out not until 2 years later? This doesn't make sense and it doesn't add up. Many people who have kids change diapers at least 3 or 4 times a day and wash the child every day. How in the world someone couldn't have seen the sore or the bleeding on the child's genitalia? I'm sure many parents out there understand what I'm taking about. This doesn't make sense at all. Khalid Adem the innocent guy is jailed for 10yrs and 5yrs probation for the crime he didn't commit. He needs to appeal. Justice wasn't served.



"Justice is blind, right? In an ideal world punishments always fit the crime, the innocent never suffer, and the guilty never go free. It's the American way! However, in some cases, justice seems to be not blind, but rather suffering from a severe case of myopia brought on by political exposure. This tends to lead to little problems in the justice system, such as inequity in sentencing and other evils." Quote-

http://www.mndaily.com



Medical Complications of FGM

"...FGC being undertaken without any anaesthetic or sterilization, and by persons with no medical training. The procedure, when performed without any anaesthetic, can lead to death through shock or excessive bleeding. The failure to use sterile medical instruments can lead to infections..." Source-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_genital_cutting#Medical


Who performs FGM or FGC ?

" In cultures where FGM is an accepted norm, it is usually performed by a female traditional practitioner (traditional birth attendants or untrained midwives) ..." source-
http://www.comhlamh.org/


I'm very pleased to announce that a website dedicated to Khalid Adem Is Up and running. Please visit his site at the following address.

http://www.freekhalidadem.org




25 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Zenobia said...

He is definately innocent. How can we help him? We need to collect funds for him.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Zenobia said...

Please see my story on my blog on Khalid Adem.

I like Muna's suggestion for collecting money for him.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger lady said...

No one has said anything about the fact that Fortunate's maternal grandmother also lives with the family. I don't know what to believe.

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Blog said...

I heard the whole in-law family live with them. The poor guy no wonder the marrage didn't work. I think the truth is coming out. circumcision is not an easy thing. I remember back home when girls get circumcised, they couldn't walk for week's and i heard the pain was unbearable. They were also very prone to an infection and there would be swelling of the adjacent lymph nodes as the body try to fight an infection. Also they child would have been very sick with very high fever. At which point, anyone could have tell there was something going on with the baby. I still believe Khalid is innocent and he will be free.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Fano said...

Mai said
"Khalid is not innocent. He is a product of a culture where circumcision is acceptable and he did it."
Mia, what proof do you have he did it? Have you consider her extended family as part of all these?

How come the mother didn't find out about it for a very long time? The guy didn't have decent lawyers to defend him. That is the only reason he got convicted. Is the Ethiopian community in Atlanta trying to help him an appeal? Please any one who has access to civil right lawyer present them his case. How can we raise money for him?

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger debbie smith said...

I believe he is innocent. It is simply not believable that the mother did not notice for about 2 years. After all, the girl was supposedly 2 years old at the time of the cutting, and would need washing by her mother! This is a travesty. I believe the man has been framed by a sick, manipulative ex-wife and inlaws, and they are ruining his life and his relationship with his daughter. Horrible. He says he did not and would not do it, and does not believe in it. Men who believe in it are proud of doing what they think should be done. This man does not seem like that.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger mia said...

Why is it difficult for most of you to accept the fact at hand. The little girl has been mutilated by her father.
I don't understand why almost all of you try to put the blame on the mother. What difference does it make whether she noticed it the same day or 2 years later? The crime has been done!

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Blog said...

Mia,
I heartily believe he hasn't done this heinous crime. To make it clear to you, no one support circumcision. It is a horrible thing to do but it is a culture that passed on from generations to generations. We need to educate our people about it and i agree with you on that. But, The fact of the matter is, He couldn't have possibly done it. Men don't do circumcision and this is a false accusation. His defense was not stronger enough and the case wasn't presented appropriately. They said, he did it with other person how could u imagine this can be done with only two person? when they had to put her under anesthesia to check if she was circumcised. Think? The child would have moved all over the place to do this with only 2 people. Circumcision is all new to the juries, the defense didn't do a good job of showing them this like having a surgery. When my son was circumcised at a hospital, it took almost 3 weeks for the wound to heal. What make FGM different than this. This Guy is falsely accused and now he going to be in jail for 10 yrs for the crime that he didn't commit. He really need to appeal and I would do what ever to help him.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger debbie smith said...

Let's not waste time with someone who cannot understand that supporters of Khalid do not condone this practice. I am over 50 years old, from North America, and did not know of it until about 15 years ago. Of course I do not support it. But it is far from a "fact" that the father did it. The fact seems to be that it has been done. Mia is like many others who let their emotions take over, and want someone to pay, even if it is the wrong person.
Now - I have phoned the lawyer's office. They are appealing. There is huge support for Khalid. If you wish to write to him at the lawyer's office, it is Mark Hill and Associates, 227 Scenic Highway, Suite B, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30045. They will get your support to him. His family is probably organizing for him, and may send you information if you ask. If any one finds out more we can do for now, please post here.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger debbie smith said...

Dear Abdo -

Thank you. Mia obviously has strong emotions about this, and that is understandable. However, I believe that to assume that all from a culture are the same is neither logical nor fair. I am sorry for Mia's mutilation, but that does not change my view that parts of this case do not add up. Perhaps Mia can give us her view of men who agree with this practice - are they proud of it? Do they brag of it? Are they likely to be as earnest as Khalid is in denouncing it? Even if we differ in our opinion of who may have done this, let us find out more.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Blog said...

Mia is missing the mean issue here. I really do sympathize with her and many other victims of this horrendous culture of FGM. The main issue is the level of certainty the juries must find the victim guilty of the crime. Means convection WITHOUT ANY RESONABLE DOUBTS. In my honest opinion, the case was full of doubts and lacks common sense. How could a father who grew up in the state would mutilate his own child? How could one mutilate someone with a scissor? which is unsterilized and full of bacteria.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Blog said...

I still do believe Khalid Adem is is innocent. They put innocent guy in jail. They have to make an example and unfortunately he is the victim. This case need to appealed again. They have to go through and show how our body heal itself from any kind of trauma or wound. it would take along time for the wound in the genital area to heal, as u can imagine the clitoris is full of blood supply and a lot nerve endings, it would take the body long time to stop the bleeding and little child would have been in a lot of pain. He need to appeal again definitely. I don't think he got a fair trail. If he appeals, the following things have to be changed.

1.Defence plan need to changed.
2.The child need to be examined again
3.Change the vicinity of the court
may be he will get a better judge.
I think most everybody was biased against him.
4. They need to have specialist on human body i.e. a good Anatomist.
If there is anything we could for him please let me know.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Jen2006 said...

I am a strong believer that Khalid was set up. I've followed this case closely. It was all about revenge.
This case if full of loopholes
- How can a mother and a grandmother (whos is a nurse) who both cared for this child not know that the child was circumcised?
- She was circumcised when she was 2 years old. I can imagine this is a painful process and that it takes quite sometime to heal. I am assuming that some sort of treatment was done to heal the wound and stop the bleeding... how did the mother/grandmother not see it? How can a mother/grandmother as a care giver know this ... especiallywhile they are changing her diaper or cleaning her!!!
- Why did it take the mother so long to come forward with this issue once she found out (2years after the fact) . - Why only during custody battle did she bring it up? - Circumsion is also practiced among the Zulu in South Africa where the wife emigrated from. Why was this not taken into considerartion?
- How can a 2 year old remember that her father used sicissors to do the act? - The mother claims that the father told her that the child should be circumsed .... so what action did you take as a mother with this kind of comment? If you know your husband has a strong opion on FGM wouldn't you be on the look out and check your daughter frequently .... she claims she had no say!!!!! and here she is living in the United States claiming she didn't have a right... why didn't she inform the social services!
- This was a set up during trial Khalid mentioned his ex-wife supposedly called him over for "dinner" along with many of her family members and confronted him in front of the family. So this sounds like the parents instead collaborated on this act.
People that have read this case strongly believe that the mother/grandmother had a part to play in this case.
Khalid (who is now serving his 10yr sentence) has family across the US. His sisters/friends were on the local radio stations in DC yesterday .... and they mentioned that Khalid and his hatefulex-wife were going through a nasty custody battle and which ended up in a revenge. They all spoke sobbing on the radioabout Khalid.
The mother also claims that Khalid married her only to get his legal paperwork (greencard) through her. She now believes this was the only reason he wanted to marry her and that this was her way of getting even with him.
It is highly questionable that the mother is "innocent" and that she has no knowledgew of this crime and instead accuse her ex-husand and set herself free.
Khalid's background and profile does not fit the crime.
Men Watch Out

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Jen2006 said...

Its also disgusting that Fortunate has amde herself a "celebrity" in Atlanta she has set up a foundation in her daughters name called "Sayeeda ..... something to stop FGM and she is getting recognition from high profile citizens. All please understand that no one here supports FGM. This is a barbaric act but this case is full of flaws. Khalid did not have the $$ to obtain a good lawyer. His lawyer did the work Pro Bono so please lets support him. He sobbed in court like a child his tears were tears of pain confusion and disbelief.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Blog said...

Hi Jen-

you are absolutely right Khalid was crying a tear of sorrow, pain,and disbelieve. God help him. I was wondering what is going on with the appeal process? There are some here that want to contribute some money to help him including me, but I'm still looking for his families address. i have contacted his GF no answer yet. So, please if there is anyone out there how has his sister contact post it here.

thanks

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Jen2006 said...

Please see the video link on the left to Khalid's reaction.


http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42268000/jpg/_42268948_multiate203.jpg&imgrefurl=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6108516.stm%3Fls&h=152&w=203&sz=4&hl=en&start=19&tbnid=ZERHBeDQehS4lM:&tbnh=74&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dadem%2Bkhalid%26start%3D18%26ndsp%3D18%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger lea said...

My name is Lea and i am 9 years old. I've been interested about Khalid's story since his story is on the media, and my parents. I know Khalid through my aunt well. whenever he see us i think we remind him of his daughter and he usually like to talk about her. i know he didn't hurt his little girl, because he is not a kind of person who will do such thing. the little girl said she remember when she was two, not three. what a genius little girl. i don't remember when i was Pre-School. don't take me wrong i am not dumb i am A student. My sister ( who is 6) and i decided to give our saving from our Piggy bank for his freedom. I hope every body will help out. If any body want his family address or number my mom know them i will ask her to leave their address let me know. I proud to be born from

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Zenobia said...

Jen,

Thank you and your husband so much. As soon as it is up and running, I will post it on my Web page as well.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Blog said...

I'm very please to announce that a website dedicated to Khalid Adem Is Up and running. Please visit his site at the following address.
Jen, you guys have done a fantastic job. Great looking site!

www.freekhalidadem.org

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Jen2006 said...

Abdo,
We were more than happy to help. Please by all means blast this website to all your freinds and family who believe in this case.

We need their support!!!

 
At 7:51 PM, Blogger Iptina said...

I believe that Khalid Adem is an innocent father. For one thing how could a two year old child remember what was done to her. I have a niece close to the two year old girl. I would play with her but she doesn't remember the game at all. So, the comment given to by the child's mother might be wrong.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger 7house said...

plese some one inform about kalid to our hero Alamudine in case he give some mony. and one other thing please organise our famous singers like aster Aweke for fund rising USA tour.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Adil said...

I am sure he never and will ever done such a thing like that. I am always wishing that he will be out of prison soon with God help.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger ajeb said...

I have a pretty good feeling that Khalid is innocent. But we gotta do something more to convince the American court.

Guys please stay away from people like her and stick with your Ethiopian (melkam set) women. I can tell that this woman has a devilish thinking. Beleive me it is not worth it I mean for both of you " habesha women & men"

I don't know how he can stand those gangs in prison.

May god be with his him!!!

T

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger ajeb said...

I have a pretty good feeling that Khalid is innocent. But we gotta do something more to convince the American court.

Guys please stay away from people like her and stick with your Ethiopian (melkam set) women. I can tell that this woman has a devilish thinking. Believe me it is not worth it I mean for both of you " habesha women & men"

I don't know how he can stand those gangs in prison.

May god be with his him!!!

T

 

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