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.
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death 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.
Calls to Somali government officials and the local administration in Kismayo rang unanswered Saturday.
Somalia is among the world’s most violent and impoverished countries. The nation of some 8 million people has not had a functioning government since warlords overthrew a dictator in 1991 then turned on each other.
A quarter of Somali children die before age 5; nearly every public institution has collapsed. Fighting is a daily occurrence, with violent deaths reported nearly every day.
Ain’t no one making a movie called, “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Somalia in the near future.
Not any regime change likely, either. No oil.