The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday.
She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people. (Ms di Marineo was hitch-hiking from Milan to Israel and the Palestinian Territories with a fellow artist on their "Brides on Tour" project.)
Folks, this story has got to be one of the dumbest things your world weary reporter has ever heard. If she's that fucking stupid, why didn't some of her friends at least try to stop her?
Here's one of the comments:
I think her story resonates with the naive view lot of young people who have comfortable lives in western democracies also share - the type who imagine themselves to be free thinkers with a deep understanding of humanity, who imagine that all of the world problems start only in Washington. She, and others like her are blind to the everyday realities that ordinary people all over the world face - that you cannot necessarily trust those around you. For many, there is no justice, no police service to be trusted. You have to be very careful about the situations you are in. You have to be careful about what you say, and how you dress, or if you step outside the norms and expectations of the relationships you are born into. Every day, thousands of people meet violent ends like hers. They are trafficked by those taking advantage of their vulnerability, abused, killed for bringing 'dishonor' or have their few possession and basic necessities stolen.
That's not to say that there isn't kindness to be found in the world, by any means. But her project, even if she'd made it, would have devalued and dismissed the vulnerability of most peoples lives who she would have crossed.
Made it through Canada unharmed........!
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