Monday, 03 Nov, 2008 Offbeat

A 13-Year-Old Girl Raped and Stoned to Death for Adultery in Somalia


A girl, aged 13, was stoned to death by an Islamist rebel administration in Somalia after her father reported that she was raped by three men. According to Amnesty International, the al-Shabad militia, which is in charge of the southern port city of Kismayo, gathered a group of 50 men who brought with them a lorryload of stones and stoned the 13-year-old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow right in front of 1,000 spectators.

The girl tried to fight her captors, who brought her to the stadium by force. According to the human rights group, a number of eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that during the stoning several nurses were ordered to check whether the girl was still alive. After the nurses reported that Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, who was buried in the ground, was still alive, she had been placed in a hole and the stoning continued.

The human rights group also reported that the members of the local militia, who were at the stadium, fired each time someone tried to save the girl. They killed a boy from the crowd, who attempted to stop the stoning.

Because of her appearance, the eyewitnesses thought the girl was 23 years of age. However, the girl's father reported that Duhulow was a 13-year-old child. He told Amnesty International that when he tried to report rape of his daughter, she was instantly accused of adultery and detained. In addition, he said, not one of those three men, involved in the rape, was arrested, The Guardian reported.

"This was not justice, nor was it an execution. This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismayo," stated David Copeman, an activist of Amnesty International in Somalia.

He added that the girl's murder is another abuse of human rights in Somalia. The incident once again shows that there's a need for the international commission of inquiry to investigate and document the abuse of human rights in the country.

Amnesty International reported that government officials along with journalists and human right activists were threatened by al-Shabab militia, whose members said they would kill anyone who spoke against al-Shabab.

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