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16 November 2008

UPDATED - Beyond disgust

Rape victim was stoned to death

Kismayu, Somalia -- Islamic fundamentalists brutally executed a 13-year old girl who was convicted of adultery for being raped by three men, the United Nations confirmed last week.

Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was visiting her grandmother when she sought out the rebel militia that controls the city of Kismayu to report that she'd been raped; that amounted to a confession in the eyes of a sharia court. "The evidence came from her side and she officially confirmed her guilt," said the presiding cleric, Sheikh Hayakalah.

Duhulow was reportedly dragged screaming into a soccer stadium in front of 1,000 people, buried up to her neck, and stoned for more than 10 minutes by 50 executioners. Militia members fired on a few people who tried to intervene, killing an 8-year old boy.

The rapists were not arrested.

Plenty of information all over the Internet (here, for example, and from Amnesty International), and yet it remains unclear why the rapists (extreme radical Islamic fundamentalists? local militia? thugs?) have not been prosecuted, leave alone named.

Which leads me to wonder why we send cash and other humanitarian aid to these... animals; we might as well aid and abet them. What we should do is tar and feather them... for a start. And, while there, put an end to this matter of Somali piracy.

Please do not talk to me about tolerance, for I am about as tolerant as a person could be. But these incidents of piracy and this latest example of sharia law -- correctly or incorrectly interpreted and applied -- disgust me; these incidents should not be beyond reproach.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist


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