Published January 1, 2021 by Nan Mykel

On the farm my grandmother used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me.”  She said “harm,” not “hurt,” I realize now.  I realize and understand how the “n” word can hurt, but until today I had not realized how the “alien” word could hurt the recipient but also affect the listener or reader.  It gave me the creeps when I came across it in an article about ICE today. And…

I broke my rule about noting the source of information worth re-visiting, and I am unable to find once again the full details about various punishments against the female detainees who reported their gynecological abuse at the hands of and/or direction of Dr. Mahendre Amin at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. The original report was made by a former nurse at the center in September. Women who went on a hunger strike following the alleged abuse in detention had their water rationed, and two were deported.

At some point ICE reported it had quit sending women to ICDC for treatment. Forty female detainees submitted testimony on their alleged gynecological abuse while in ICE custody to the Middle District of Georgia Federal Court on Dec. 21. I have no additional information about the current status of the whistleblowers’ punishment. (Partial source for this story is Victoria Bekiempis in the December 22, 2020 Guardian.)

Please share your own experiences here...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


"Traveling and Retired"

About the Jez of It

Poetry, stories and strange odds and ends from the desk of a writer

Athens Writers Association

Bringing passionate genius to the foreground in Athens, GA -- 2013-2019


Seeking Dialogue to Inform, Enlighten, and/or Amuse You and Me


Tigers not daughters

Nature Is My Therapy

Building healthier and more meaningful connections to nature

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff


My writings of fiction, essay, poetry, observation & commentary

Intellectual Shaman

Poetry for Finding Meaning in the Madness


Culture and Politics from a Mythological Perspective -- Big ideas in plain English

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Lignes invisibiles

Invisible lines associating ideas, creating images.

Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

Second Look Behind the Headlines - News you can use...


guided by the light of the moon and stars. Bringing Consciousness to modern music one verse at a time.

The Truth Seeking Atheist

We should all care about what we can reliably determine to be true.

The Renegade Press

Tales from the mouth of a wolf


Wake Up to Your Life

%d bloggers like this: