MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery by Islamic militants, a human rights group said.
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Oct. 27 in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamic militia in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.
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 victimized over and over again during her short life. Since she was accused of adultery she must have been married – a child bride. She was raped. None of the men she accused of rape were arrested. She became an afternoon’s entertainment, stoned to death before a stadium full of people.
Sadly, her story is not unusual. Girl children around the world are routinely forced to marry. They suffer injustice, violence with impunity and are often murdered in the name of religion or honor.
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