Yes, this is indeed 2008. However, not everybody seems to care.
Amnesty International is mad.
A 13-year-old girl was stoned to death this week in front a 1,000 spectators who gathered in a stadium to watch. This was her punishment for a crime. No, she did not kill anyone or do anything hanous. She was accused of adultery.
Sources told Amnesty International that she had in fact been raped by three men. She had attempted to report this rape to the militia who control her region. It was this act that resulted in her being accused of adultery by Islamic militants and detained. Like with so many of these similar crimes that we hear about, none of men she accused of rape were arrested.
Dozens of men stoned the 13 year old to death on Oct. 27.
Initial local media reports said she 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.
At one point during the stoning, Amnesty International has been told by numerous eyewitnesses that nurses were instructed to check whether the girl 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.
“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.
Doesn’t Somalia have enough problems?
Of all the things that they can get their act together on, it’s stoning a young rape victim.
- 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.
- 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.
- Somalia is ‘governed’ by a “Transitional Government”. In reality, this means that the tribes dictate their own government. The Transitional Federal Government, controls only parts of Southern Somalia from its base in the town of Baidoa, and is not recognized by most Somalis.
- Ironically, Somolia has potential for trade (right now, their trade is mostly agricultural). Somolia has uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves.
- Environmental problems which plaque Somolia include the use of contaminated water which contributes to human health problems, deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion; desertification
- The life expectancy is estimated at 49.25 years
- Currently, there are 1.1 million refugees and internally displaced persons.
With all of these problems, it is amazing that the one thing this nation can agree upon is stoning a 13 year old girl to death. I guess now she is out of her misery.
Amnesty International has campaigned to end the use of the punishment of stoning, calling it gruesome and horrific.