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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Casting Stones
From BBC News "Stoning Victim Begged for Mercy"- full article here
A young woman recently stoned to death in Somalia first pleaded for her life, a witness has told the BBC.

"Don't kill me, don't kill me," she said, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. A few minutes later, more than 50 men threw stones.

Human rights group Amnesty International says the victim was a 13-year-old girl who had been raped.

Initial reports had said she was a 23-year-old woman who had confessed to adultery before a Sharia court.

The witness says she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.

Cameras were banned from the public stoning, but print and radio journalists who were allowed to attend estimated that the woman, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, was 23 years old.

However, Amnesty said it had learned she was 13, and that her father had said she was raped by three men.

People were saying this was not good for Sharia law, this was not good for human rights, this was not good for anything

When the family tried to report the rape, the girl was accused of adultery and detained, Amnesty said.

Convicting a girl of 13 for adultery would be illegal under Islamic law.

I want to weep.

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  • At 11/04/2008 02:58:00 PM, Blogger Tami Martin

    Lord, that breaks my heart!

    But stoning was an acceptable part of the culture in OT times and indicated in OT laws as proper punishment for certain sins.

    It's hard to put all that together in my head.

  • At 11/05/2008 06:51:00 AM, Blogger Nancy


  • At 11/05/2008 03:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    So we weep...but then what do we do? I am so tired of feeling helpless.

  • At 11/06/2008 03:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    minnowspeaks - i hear exactly what you are saying. my heart breaks for women who live in these types of countries. but what do we do? what can we do? is there work going on to change things for women in countries like somalia or saudi arabia? how can we step in and help bring some change? God show us the way!

  • At 11/08/2008 03:46:00 PM, Blogger Euodia

    ((Convicting a girl of 13 for adultery would be illegal under Islamic law. ))

    But apparently stoning her to death is okay...?