13 year old girl stoned to death in Somalia

Source: Amnesty International

A girl stoned to death in Somalia this week was 13 years old, not 23,
contrary to earlier news reports. She had been accused of adultery in
breach of Islamic law.

Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was killed on Monday 27 October, by a group of 50
men in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu, in front of around
1,000 spectators. Somali journalists who had reported she was 23 have
told Amnesty International that they judged her age by her physical

Inside the stadium, militia members opened fire when some of the
witnesses to the killing attempted to save her life, and shot dead a boy
who was a bystander. An al-Shabab spokeperson was later reported to have
apologized for the death of the child, and said the militia member would
be punished.

At one point during the stoning, Amnesty International has been told by
numerous eyewitnesses that nurses were instructed to check whether Aisha
Ibrahim Duhulow was still alive when buried in the ground. They removed
her from the ground, declared that she was, and she was replaced in the
hole where she had been buried for the stoning to continue.
Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was accused of adultery, but sources told Amnesty
International that she had in fact been raped by three men, and had
attempted to report this rape to the al-Shabab militia who control
Kismayo. It was this act that resulted in her being accused of adultery
and detained. None of men she accused of rape were arrested.

She was detained by militia of the Kismayo authorities, a coalition of
Al-shabab and clan militias. During this time, she was reportedly
extremely distressed, with some individuals stating she had become
mentally unstable.

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