Remembering 13-year-old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow from Somalia

13 11 2008

ANOTHER POST ON A POSSIBLE UNJUST STONING: Please read my 7/7/10 post about Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 42-year-old Iranian mother unjustly accused of adultery who is scheduled to die at any moment by stoning.

While walking to see her grandmother in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was raped by three men. She reported it to the al-Shabab militia, hoping for justice. Instead, she was accused of adultery under Shariah, the legal code of Islam based on the Koran, and was sentenced to die. None of the men who raped her have been arrested or brought to justice.

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On October 27, 13-year-old Aisha pleaded for her life and struggled before being buried up to her neck in a hole in a stadium in the port city of Kismayu, which is held by rebels. A relative and others surged forward to try and save her and the militia opened fire, killing a small boy. A truckload of stones was brought in. Fifty Islamist militants threw stones at her while 1,000 people watched her die. She was removed from the hole three times and even when a nurse confirmed that she was dead, her body was put back in the hole and the stoning continued.

The UN News Service reports about this incident:

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement condemning the killing and calling for better protection for children in Somalia, which remains beset by widespread fighting. “The incident highlights the extreme nature of violence against children and women in Somalia, which has been heightened by the increasing lawlessness,” she said.

Amnesty International reports this:

Amnesty International has campaigned to end the use of the punishment of stoning, calling it gruesome and horrific. This killing of Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow demonstrates the cruelty and the inherent discrimination against women of this punishment.

The reports on this killing should be understood within the climate of fear that armed insurgent groups such as al-Shabab have created within the areas they control in Somalia. As Amnesty International has documented previously, government officials, journalists and human rights defenders face death threats and killing if they are perceived to have spoken against al-Shabab, who have waged a campaign of intimidation against the Somali people through such killings.

Since the death, a number of individuals have told Amnesty International they have fled from Kismayo out of fear of suffering a similar fate to Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow.

I lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1979 and 1980. There was a contraband movie making the rounds about 19-year-old  Saudi Princess Mishaal bint Fahd al Saud who was killed by her family to save the “honor” of the family because she had sex with her fiance. The people living in my compound got a copy of this explosive movie and we secretly watched it. I don’t remember the details of the movie; I do remember that I was horrified and also frightened of being found watching it.

These are not isolated incidents, but what happened to this young girl is not sanctioned by Muslims. It is not honor to kill a young woman who has suffered terribly through no fault of her own at the hands of other people. This is an outrageous, heinous, incredibly disturbing, and senseless act of violence.

Let us remember Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow and the many other women and children who suffer senselessly around the world at the hands of ruthless terrorists, insurgents, and even family members.


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17 responses

23 11 2008
Colinco

How much cruelty exists in the world, it is very sad.

31 01 2009
Jenny Edwards

We should organise a vigil outside each of our foreign departments on 27th October 2009 to remember Aisha and ask our governments to bring pressure in their bilaterals on the countries where stoning is a legal punishment to take it out of the legal code.

This would also give a signal to the oppressors in communities that conduct violence against women that it is not acceptable any more.

These are : Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria (about one-third among 36 states), Pakistan, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Please join one of the networks and bring this change about!

1 02 2009
maryanncp

Aisha’s story broke my heart. The saddest thing is that her story is not unusual. Violence against girls is so common that most of the time it doesn’t even make the news. Girls need people like you to speak out and raise awareness. Your blog is great! Thanks for encouraging me.

30 05 2009
Tim

Shocking, This is another of the many heartbreaking stories that go on in this world. This sort of thing goes on and on in countries under some religious justification laws. I read that a girl that reports rape has to have it verified by 4 professional men (ladies don’t qualify) if she can’t then to testify the girl gets beaten for adultery. This also usually entails being thrown out the family or sold for prostitution. This is why there are few reported rape cases. It is shocking that these people honestly think there is a god approving this behavior.

7 07 2009
David

An abomination to be hold. Evil, the absense of light. Not one man present. If the lord does return as the lion, not lamb, my he seek those who embraced satan that day and deliver them too the ultimate darkness, the void where not an ounce of divine love pools. Utter darkness, one can see AGAIN the feverish malignancy delivered upon Jesus who rose above Satan and towered over him in his committment to the father. May this young girl dwell in the house of the lord forever.

5 01 2010
12 03 2010
Anutesys

” Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”- Thomas Paine.

The use of religion or a belief by the government, in order to coerce a society to accept unjustifiable actions, is not only an act of despotism, but an act of averice on that very society by that very government. To allow the fruition of ignorance with-in said society by not raising question to authority results in the people being led like cattle to the slaughter. Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, a girl who had asked for justice after being victim to one of the worst forms of subjagation imaginable, was cruelly victimized agian by a government, the al-Shabab. A government whom she trusted enough to ask for help in a time of need. A government who had betrayed her and justified their immorality by proclaiming that it was “Allah’s will.”
She was betrayed by a society who did little or nothing to prevent such an atrocity. A society who, out of fear, relented to the to the al-Shabab. To those who allowed themselves to be falsely led into submission, I say,
“If you’re looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.”

“All tyranny needs to gain foothold is for people of good conscious to remain silent. When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson.

11 05 2010
iain

wait, so your telling me, that in southpark, we can show jesus, watching porn, while allah is completely censored, yet they still consider it holy to let 3 men rape a 13 year old, then she gets stoned to death.
I am so sick of these things happening, i think its time that christianity really start fucking up the islamic world, because they are just the biggest bunch of backward motherfucking wankers ever
(when i say islams, i mean extremists)

25 05 2010
emily

Great post!

9 06 2010
Stuart Parsons

Why all the surprise and idignation ? Islam has been acting like this for 1400 years and intends continuing to do so.

7 07 2010
Western worker

I live and work in Saudi and am from the UK and every day I am treated as a second class citizen. I think Saudi Arabia is one of the most naturaly beautiful places I have ever been but culturaly it is the most ugly. I travel to many other Muslim coutries that practice fair law and whilst they may not be the most democratic, they are clean, fair and welcoming. Islam is NOT a violent religeon but it IS (in my opinion) the most warped by those in power to suit their own ends with selective hypocracy and will not change any time soon. I am a guilty myself to an extent as I gladly take the pay cheque but man I hate Saudi Arabia sometimes.

Oh, one more thing, don’t forget that the west is partialy to blame as we deal with them every day and help to continue the ruling classes there.

8 07 2010
Eve Hunter-Scott

Christ himself was shown neither mercy nor justice. Such actions against a child show that we are not a progressive, modern world at all but a backward, ignorant people with no fear of a just and Holy God who has said we must not kill, that we must love justice, mercy and humility, this action has shown the opposite.

I have no doubt that today, this child is in paradise and is seated at the feet of Jesus. Her murderers have by their actions, condemned themselves to hell.

4 01 2011
Sean

Extremists can mass and murder a little girl, priests can molest little boys. An American marine in the middle-east was filmed throwing a puppy off a cliff then joked about it and was tossed out of the military. A dead puppy gets more justice than murdered children?

I think we’re long over due for an extinction level event. There’s gotta be a reason God created asteroids….

17 01 2011
Stuart Parsons

Oh when are Muslims going to read their own source material and realise they are worshipping a false god invented by the self-proclaimed ‘Prophet’ Muhammad. Apostates of Islam commonly say they first had doubts about the religion they had been raised to believe in when they first read the Quran.

Islam is a greater threat to the well-being of mankind than Fascism, Communism or the hordes of Ghengis Khan ever were. Oh when are Muslims going to give up their false religion and learn to live in peace, joy and harmony with the rest of mankind.

3 04 2012
Asha Lee

wow this is fucked up

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