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Raped girl, 13, stoned for adultery

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    Amnesty: Rape girl, 13, killed for adultery * Story Highlights * Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, 13, was stoned to death October 27, Amnesty says * 1,000 spectators
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2008
      Amnesty: Rape girl, 13, killed for adultery

      * Story Highlights
      * Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, 13, was stoned to death October 27,
      Amnesty says
      * 1,000 spectators watched the punishment, report adds
      * Rights groups says she was accused of adultery after claiming
      she was raped
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      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.

      Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told
      Amnesty International she was 13. Some of the Somali journalists who
      first reported the killing later told Amnesty International that they
      had reported she was 23 based upon her physical appearance.

      Calls to Somali government officials and the local administration in
      Kismayo rang unanswered Saturday.

      "This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed
      opposition groups who currently control Kismayo," David Copeman,
      Amnesty International's Somalia campaigner, said in a statement Friday.

      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.

      Islamic militants with ties to al-Qaida have been battling the
      government and its Ethiopian allies since their combined forces
      pushed the Islamists from the capital in December 2006. Within weeks
      of being driven out, the Islamists launched an insurgency that has
      killed thousands of civilians.

      In recent months, the militants appear to be gaining strength. The
      group has taken over the port of Kismayo, Somalia's third-largest
      city, and dismantled pro-government roadblocks. They also effectively
      closed the Mogadishu airport by threatening to attack any plane using
      it.
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