Somalia stoning: A story that left me reeling in shock and sadness

Fri, 2008-11-07 19:29 by admin

03 November 2008 at 16:23 by Yule E

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Although I work on human rights issues every day at Amnesty, there are some cases which leave me with pure sadness. And this latest story from Somalia is one such incident.

You may have seen reports last week that a woman was stoned to death for committing adultery in Somalia—the first such execution for two years.

Well just a few days ago, Amnesty learned that it was actually a 13-year-old girl called Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, and not a 22-year-old woman, as reports had first suggested—and that she had been raped by three men before being executed in this horrific way.

As the Guardian reports, the teenager’s father had actually tried to report that she had been raped, but instead she was accused of committing adultery—and was punished by being stoned to death, in front of hundreds of people in the stadium.

The Sunday Mirror reports how 50 men took up stones to kill Aisha—and when some witnesses tried to save her life, the armed militia group—called al-Shabab which control this region of Somalia—opened fire, killing a young boy who was a bystander. …

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