Aiia Maasarwe's sister called for violence against women on emotional Instagram posts



22 January 2019 12:02:13

A sister of an exchange student who was killed, Aiia Maasarwe, has been taken to social media to express her sadness over the death, and her humiliation of the way it allegedly happened.

Key points:

  • The body of Aiia Maasarwe was found near the Melbourne tram stop last week
  • Noor Maasarwe said his sister who was killed was living "a dream that eventually became [worse] from a nightmare "
  • The body of exchange students is being returned to Israel today

"A little girl with a BIG dream, like that Aiia," Noor Maasarwe posted on Instagram with a painting of the words "Dare to dream", which was done by her sister in 2014.

"He had a dream in Melbourne, a dream that eventually became [worse] from a nightmare. "

The body of the 21-year-old Arab-Israeli student was found by passersby near the tram stop in Bundoora, north of Melbourne, shortly after dawn on Wednesday.

Police accused him of being raped and killed on the way home from a comedy club in North Melbourne shortly after midnight. They accused Codey Herrmann of 20 years.

Maasarwe – a foreign-language student who was in a one-year exchange at La Trobe University – was believed to have been called by a younger sister at the time of the attack.

& # 39; This is a man's problem & # 39;

Noor Maasarwe used the post to oppose male brutality, writing that "violence against women is not a problem for women, it is a man's problem".

"We told the women if they felt unsafe to make a call so they could feel safe, but Aiia was talking on the phone with my sister Ruba when all that [happened], "he wrote.

He then asked what the man had ordered to do, replied: "We don't tell them anything! That's what we told them".

This post also displays anti-violence hashtags like #women_life_matter and #we_have_the_right_to_live.

He said the "love, attention and support" shown by people from all over the world was a reminder "that there are still good people in the world".

In the second post, a pair of white canvas shoes is seen next to a poster that displays hand-drawn words, "Everyone has the right to go home safely".

A similar poster was left on a warning to Ms. Maasarwe on the site where her body was found last week.

"This is not just a pair of shoes, this is a pair of shoes with meaning, this is the same shoe that Aiia wore when she was killed," said Noor Maasarwe's post.

The sisters bought the same pair of shoes, he said.

& # 39; See light in the dark & ​​# 39;

Maasarwe's body was released by coroner officials yesterday and underwent an Islamic cleansing ritual, called Janazah, when the family prepared to return it to Israel today to be buried.

"Look at the stars just to see the light in the dark," said his father, Saeed, last night, after an outside prayer service attended by several family members and dozens of other supporters.

"This is what I learned from Aiia … I hope everyone sees the light, and goes into the light, don't be in the dark."

Mr Maasarwe also issued a request for peace.

"We want to make the world more peaceful, safer, more beautiful and more smile," he said.

"Here's the message … we want to send."


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