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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Family suffers harassment for 5-year-old daughter's name

When Ciara and Jacob Martinez named their daughter Isis five years ago they had no idea that the lofty moniker, after the Egyptian goddess of fertility, would put them through such hell. The Arizona couple thought the name was fitting since they’d had trouble conceiving and consider their little girl a “miracle,”
Isis is special in another way too: she was diagnosed in 2012 with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder Rett Syndrome, for which her family began fundraising to pay for a trip for her to see a specialist in California.
But last August stickers with their tagline, #TeamIsis, started getting the wrong kind of attention as strangers mistook their group for the terrorist organization, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, aka, ISIS.
“I honestly didn’t think anything of it when I printed them,” said the stay-at-home mom of two, 23, including another daughter Imelia, 2, with her husband, Jacob, 27. “I had started to hear of ISIS the terror group a couple of months earlier but to me that’s just an acronym, my daughter’s name is something completely different. But after [a fundraising event we held for our daughter], people started trying to drive me off the road, flipping me off, being aggressive… It was horrible.”
Haters have tweeted Ciara telling her that her ill daughter now, non-verbal due to her syndrome, is “a disgrace to America with that name.” Others continue to urge her to change Isis’ name amid all the torment but Ciara tells Yahoo Parenting that she’s standing strong.
“Isis has beaten so many odds,” says the mom of her first-born, who endures 35 hours of various therapies for her condition every week. “She has proven that she can do all things with great practice so if she can fight and live this life, I can do a better job and help fight the world for her.” 
Well-wishers always ask how she does it, Ciara says. “People ask if it’s been hard, but I just say, ‘If you were in my position, wouldn’t you fight for what you have to fight for? I’m letting the world know that this is what her name is. This is her disease and we’re not backing down. I want to spread awareness.” 

64 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Wateva mks dem happy

Honeysuckle said...

Fight for it,I gat ur back.God will scatter dem by fire.

Unknown said...

Hmmmmm

Unknown said...

Hmmmmm

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Trust me with the amount of evil perpatuated by ISIS daily, I wouldn't even hesitate to change my daughter's name from ISIS.
It will save her a whole lot of embarrassment.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

danny fisiye said...

obi






#GODWIN™

Unknown said...

Stubborn woman,why not change the name

Unknown said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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She should better change that name if she wants peoples favour... The mother must be stubborn though....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Unknown said...

Better change it before they kill the girl

@MEETD®EALEVANS™ said...

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U want to spread awareness?

I'll be watching from Nigeria....

Unknown said...

Better change it before they kill the girl

Unknown said...

Quite unfortunate, it's just the situation around ISIS now and every sane individual will definitely have a second thought over it.
Love her spirit all the same.

Elixir said...

A lady in my home also named her daughter Isis some 12-13 years ago... I wonder what the child and her parents will be going through now?

mira cookie said...

But really how will people help you with that name tag?

Anonymous said...

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Unknown said...

U get power

Unknown said...

If not for d stupid terror group, dat is a very fine name. It's well. Dave

Cute G said...

Oh dear!!! Name gone wrong. I like her zeal. She shd keep fighting.

Unknown said...

Oh dear! Change her name to miraclke, since dats. D. Meaning of d childs name

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, d luv of a mother, den mayb her 2nd name be used den

Arinze Chiji said...

#TeamIsis...Isis is a beautiful name. The family have to endure or cave in to avoid harassment.

Anonymous said...

I'm with u sister!

YUSUF BUHARI BABE said...

Ok

Alloy Chikezie said...

Please they should just change the name already.

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jbankzE said...

Good

Miz_wendy said...

Hehehehe.... dat moment tho'' she could as well change d child's name for d lil girls' sake

Unknown said...

They should change her name.

Gimplex logistics said...

Lolzz. Olorun maa je ki a lo so omo wa loruko iya.. #Naminggonebad

bonny girl said...

Pls change that child's name biko!. whether it's an Egyptian goddess or whatever, it's still wrong and affecting the Lil gurl. What's all this stubbornness about?.mtcheeeew

yawanow said...

Better to change her name than backlashed..

Unknown said...

Ehya... Poor innocent pple... Change d name biko.. Lol, imagine ur name to be boko haram.. Creepy

Amaka said...

Some people sef. She should just change her daughter name. Switch to the girl's middle name. I don't think I will like to associate my child's name, with the worst terrorist group in the history of mankind.

Unknown said...

Why back down my dear? You stood strong even when people where pulling you down, you have said it all ignore the name and fight what you believe is worth fighting for. Isis written in #teamIsis with a blue ribbon on it from just ISIS.

Bonita Bislam said...

Heart breaking.Seems me and the poor girl have a lot in common

dorothy said...

When an innocent name goes bad . Lool

Unknown said...

Change name

Anonymous said...

my dear everyone knows hw much u luv & care 4 ur baby bt de name Isis is a horrible &terrifying name in de world 2day.think about ur child's future,wil she be able 2 endure de bullies dat wil come her way al bcos of her name, do act wisely & change dat name plsssss.

Unknown said...

Let her change d name joor....seeing what these terrorists are doing..she still want d child to bear it.... Oyibo people can be so daft..

Anonymous said...

People just like fighting pointless battles! Wisdom says to pick your battles wisely!!!

Anonymous said...

When I say Americans are some the dumbest most myopic people on earth...I get arguments. Poor family. Smh!

Unknown said...

Ouch!....they shud change her name to avoid harassment or even mockery not just for them
but for the lil girl also.

Unknown said...

Oh mine! So touching! Like she said the dreaded "ISIS" is an "ACROMYM" for ISLAMIC STATES OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, while her daughter's is the name of the "Egyptian goddess of fertility", whom she believes gave her the child. And she's had her name before the dreaded "ISIS" came into existence. There's also the "Israel Secret Intelligence Service" known as ISIS. They should let the poor girl be! I wish she recovers from the disorder.

Unknown said...

Oh mine! So touching! Like she said the dreaded "ISIS" is an "ACROMYM" for ISLAMIC STATES OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, while her daughter's is the name of the "Egyptian goddess of fertility", whom she believes gave her the child. And she's had her name before the dreaded "ISIS" came into existence. There's also the "Israel Secret Intelligence Service" known as ISIS. They should let the poor girl be! I wish she recovers from the disorder.

Unknown said...

Oh mine! So touching! Like she said the dreaded "ISIS" is an "ACROMYM" for ISLAMIC STATES OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, while her daughter's is the name of the "Egyptian goddess of fertility", whom she believes gave her the child. And she's had her name before the dreaded "ISIS" came into existence. There's also the "Israel Secret Intelligence Service" known as ISIS. They should let the poor girl be! I wish she recovers from the disorder.

Anonymous said...

Change her name she's still a kid else she'd dislike them when she grows.
~D great anonymous!

Unknown said...

She should adopt her second name if she has any, parents should be very careful of what they name their children.

Unknown said...

Akpokwa nu'ya gini??? Linda take note!

Business Barbie said...

Madam better change the name before they kill your daughter

Unknown said...

Oooooooooh my....!
Bruhahahahah....*laughed in korean* Isis indeed.

Anonymous said...

All I can see is two lovely daughters plus good parents.



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Unknown said...

She herself is a child dat is y she doesnt knw d gravity of d situation

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Unknown said...

Eeyah....why not adopt her second name

Juleslouis said...

They should just change d name now that she's still young. That girl is going to be bullied so badly when she grows up. Some parents r always d cause of their children's misfortune. Tsheww

Unknown said...

When u named her "isis" d name of a goddess why won't sickness attack her? U are d cause of her misfortunes!

ary said...

This is what happens when you pick a name out of a hat. You wouldn't blame anyone,especially with what ISIS is putting the world through.

Unknown said...

God gat ur back

Anonymous said...

Destiny can only b delayed Bt can never be change. ISIS or not ISIS 'wat will b will be'.

Unknown said...

@falodun, u gat r bk indeed. He had better change d lil girl name now

Unknown said...

for goodness sake why will reasonable parents like this name thier child ISIS?????
they should better change that stupid name immediatly,before america (USA) will descend on them.

goldcoin said...

Change it before its too late

Anonymous said...

Biko kwa I need linda's email address ooo somebody help me.

Anonymous said...

Bonario pls help me with Linda's Email address pls. I need to send something to her ASAP.

Unknown said...

Pls change your daughter's name

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