Like many Shiite Muslim girls in southern Lebanon, Rima Naji was married early, at the tender age of 13. By 15 she had delivered her first child--a healthy boy--and by 19 her husband Sheikh Fadi Abboud was dead wrote author Sarah Smiles on a Web site called Women's eNews.
"He was martyred on the 10th of February 1995. He was 21 years old," she says. "Thank God he died according to the objectives of Hizbullah."
"Deified in paradise and venerated on earth for fighting Israel, Hizbullah's martyrs are nothing short of heroes in southern Lebanon," gushes Ms. Smiles. "Their wives are in turn admired, because of their husband's sacrifice."
As of June 2004, nine months after this article appeared--though apparently no longer--Women's eNews was funded by, among other groups, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III fund of the Heinz Family Foundations.
Teresa Heinz, of course, would be first lady today but for a football stadium's worth of Ohio Republicans.