UNITED NATIONS, Nov.4 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday deplored Somalia prosecutors for sentencing to
death by stoning a 13-year-old rape victim.
According to media reports, Aisha Duhulow was stoned
to death in the southern port city of Kismayo on October 27. She pleaded for her
life before she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck and then pelted
with stones by some 50 men until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.
Reports indicate that she had been raped by three men
while walking to visit her grandmother in the capital Mogadishu. After the
attack, prosecutors accused Aisha of adultery and sentenced her to death in
"This is a tragic and deplorable incident," said
Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Representative for Somalia. "A child was
victimized twice, first by the perpetrators of the rape and then by those
responsible for administering justice."
UNICEF said the incident underscores the
vulnerability of girls and women in the war-wracked African nation, where sexual
and gender-based violence is deteriorating.
"Authorities and institutions of civil society have a
role to play in supporting and protecting the rights of every child," Mr.
Balslev-Olesen said, noting that this killing reflects the great effort that
must be undertaken to protect the rights of Somali girls and