MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 1 -- A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery, a human rights group said.
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Monday in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismaayo, Amnesty International and Somali news media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamist militia in charge of Kismaayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.
Initial local news reports said that Duhulow was 23, but her father told Amnesty International that she was 13. Some of the Somali journalists who first reported the killing later told the human rights group that they had reported she was 23 based on her physical appearance.
Calls to Somali government officials and the local administration in Kismaayo rang unanswered Saturday.
"This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismaayo," David Copeman, Amnesty International's Somalia campaigner, said in a statement Friday.
The above article is directly cut from the Washington Post. It appeared Nov. 2nd. Since I first learned about this incident my mind has been in turmoil. I just cannot understand a world where we actually stone a child to death. Every time I think of what that girl suffered I want to cry. My youngest is 13 and I'd be lying to you if I didn't look at her and just tear up thinking of something like that happening to her. As a mother it sickens me. Any type of child abuse sickens me. I have a very hard time understanding or even forgiving someone who can do something to an innocent child. From the day I had my first baby I felt blessed. I looked at her and thought, 'what did I ever do to deserve such a gift from God?'. I know in my heart that it's my job to love, cherish and protect both of my kids. I feel God trusted me with that responsibility. But when I hear about a child being stoned to death, after having been raped, it makes me want to throw up, then it makes me feel such an overpowering hatred for the people (if you can call them people) for doing something so horrific to an innocent being.
My husband and I had a long discussion about this. And of course the topic turned to religion. My question was, 'how could God let this happen?' He feels the same way, but then he said, 'you should read the book The Shack. It might help you find peace. I haven't read the book yet, but he has and he shared some of what he learned with me and it did help. But truthfully, I always come back to one simple fact. Those who do harm to others deserve to be punished, if not in life then in death. I feel strongly about that. I don't personally believe that a person who could rape, kill, or torture a child deserves redemption. I can't help it. I know that may seem harsh or wrong, because we're supposed to see the good in everyone. We aren't supposed to judge others. We're supposed to leave that up to God to decide. But in my mind the decision was made the instant those people picked up their first stone.
Then there's the matter of the 1,000 spectators. What can I say about that? It makes my chest hurt thinking that this poor girl was killed in such a terrible way and in front of 1,000 people who, for whatever reason, chose to...watch? What was this? Entertainment?!
I'm bringing this here because I truly need help understanding. I'm interested in your views on this. Also, I'm interested in your views on religion. I'm personally struggling right now and I would love to hear about your beliefs, whether you are an Atheist, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Mormon...whatever. I'm at a stage here where I'm truly just seeking answers.
I'd also like to express my thanks. Thank you to all those who stood up for others, even at the cost of their own lives. Martin Luther King, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and the thousands of others who have stood up for what was right, no matter the danger involved! Where would we be today without you? I shudder to think.