By Daniel Howden
Sunday, 9 November 2008
This was a death foretold. A Toyota pickup with a loudspeaker began an early-morning tour of the ruined neighbourhoods of Kismayo, a port in southern Somalia, announcing that there would be a killing. By 4pm a crowd of 1,000 people had gathered at the football stadium. A hole had been dug in the ground, and half an hour later a truck loaded with rocks arrived.
Please notice the date of this article. It IS 2008. This is happening in our world and it is happening today.
A young girl was dragged into the stadium. She knew what was going to happen next, and witnesses saw her struggling and screaming. "What do you want from me?" she asked. Then she shouted "I'm not going, I'm not going. Don't kill me."
...But four men forced her into the hole and buried her up to her neck. Fifty men then set about stoning her to death.
...After 10 minutes she was dug up and two nurses checked to see if she was alive. She was. So they put her back in the ground and the stoning recommenced.
These are the politics of the world around us.
You have been given a voice, please use it. Go out and SCREAM! about something you care about.
Politics, Humanitarian, Society, Somalia