Thursday, June 02, 2011

Liberation From All Brutal Bullies.

Cyclops, 1947.
William Baziotes.
On Tuesday, watching the disturbing BBC TV Panorama documentary about people with learning difficulties being badly mistreated by the staff at Winterbourne View residential hospital in Bristol, was truly horrible.

The sight of the mindless bullying and violence that was inflicted on the vulnerable people at this hospital was dreadful, for once I hoped all of the staff would be arrested and imprisoned.

Not just the staff carrying out the attacks, but also the other staff, who saw it and did nothing, as well as management and the regulators.

The next day four staff members who carried out the attacks were arrested; they were immediately released on bail and are sure to get prison sentences.

No news about the rest of the staff or management or the regulators, the hospital hadn't  any activities for the vulnerable people, nothing to stimulate them; there was no structure, no daily routine.

Bored staff were picking on the vulnerable people in their care, there were 24 patients and 50 staff; it cost 3,400 pounds per week to keep someone there.

What worried me even more was reading about the torture and murder of a child of 13 by the Syrian army, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb  was tortured to death by Syrian security forces.
'' He is one, of the youngest known victims of Syria's ruthless crackdown on peaceful protesters who have tried to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.’’

In the Independent they wrote:

‘’ Hamza was among a group of people detained at the end of April when they participated in a demonstration in the town of Jiza. His family heard nothing about his whereabouts until last week, when officials reportedly arrived at their home and told them they could have Hamza's body back if they agreed not to publicise his death. 

They consented, but were so horrified by the condition of the child's body when it was returned to them that they made contact with a human rights activist, who videoed the body and uploaded the footage on to YouTube.

The film, which has now been seen by thousands of people, shows Hamza's bloated and mutilated body in unflinching detail. 

As the camera pans over his corpse it reveals gunshot wounds, burns and a number of bruises inflicted by the young boy's torturers – presumably belonging to a branch of Syria's feared intelligence services. His penis has been severed.’’

I hope the Syrian people will be freed of the tyrant Bashir al-Assad and his corrupted government and brutal armed forces very soon.

The two situations, Syria and the hospital are miles apart, but what worries me is how easily things can be escalated.

In both situations brutal bullies terrorise helpless vulnerable people, the patients too could have also been mutilated and killed.

Both need liberation from brutal bullies.


Sherri said...

i hate reading about these sorts of things... not the reading, but that this continues to go on... how is that human beings can treat one another so horribly? Makes me sick

Herrad said...

Hi Sherri,
I agree I too can not understand how people can treat each other so badly.
We need to support each other.

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Great brave reporting by you Herrad. These should be the headlines of our newspapers. Bullies are the worst form of life and I believe when the Karma hits them, they will suffer more than 10 times what they have dished out. I have to believe that. We do need to support each other. Love, Mary

Have Myelin? said...

I don't understand bullying of any kind.

Herrad said...

Hi Sherry,
I agree with you, I do not understand bullying either.
Thanks for coming by, good to see your comment.
Thinking about you.

janis said...

I too could never understand any form of bullying. It takes a real "tough" person to torment someone weaker... I have seen so many terrible cases. Its just pitiful.
Maybe that is one of the reasons I feel I must nurture.
THanks for stopping by my Blog~ I have been so MIA lately. Today was the last day of school at my new job & I PROMISE to keep in touch better now :)

Herrad said...

Hi Janis,
Good to see your comment, thanks for coming by.
I agree caring is better.
Good luck in your new job.