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18-Year Old Stoned To Death In Somalia For Being Gay

Somalia_map_states_regions_districtsAn allegedly gay man Mohamed Ali Baashi was buried in the ground up to his chest and stoned to death on 15 March in Barawe some fifty miles form the Somali capital of Mogadishu. According to reports, Al-Qaeda linked Al Shabaab ordered the attack after charging and finding Baashi guilty of sodomy. Members of Al Shabaab stood behind the judges who passed sentence while wearing face masks and showing off their rifles.

Both Baashi and another man, who was also charged with murder, were found guilty after apparently admitting their crimes. The judge supposedly said “We investigated, and this man did what Muslims shouldn’t do and as a result, he will be stoned to death and the one that killed someone will be shot because homosexuality is more punishable in Islam.”

By investigated, the process likely involved torturing the individuals involved until they confessed, and then executing them. Such actions are typical for Al Shabaab, which has allegedly used Sharia law to execute anyone they wanted to even if they were not guilty of the crimes involved.

The scene, which has been described on Towleroad and The Advocate, is reminiscent of an exchange in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel Small Gods in which Didactylos explains to Brutha that most people carrying out the sentence often do so out of fear of being the next person to be stoned to death. Unfortunately, there is no sure way to know if Baashi was or was not gay. He was 18 years old.



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3 Responses to 18-Year Old Stoned To Death In Somalia For Being Gay

  1. afdhere jama

    March 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

    hi, andy,

    we have never met, but i’m a queer somali… who has been writing about lgbt somalis since the late 1990s. this story is more than likely fake. yes, yes, the ap has published the story, but the ap published the story from the story that was already published in somali a week earlier. in other words, the ap writer just picked up this story from “local” (it was never published in print in somali, but only on websites), which in this case only applies to the language.

    you can read more;

    it’s probably fake mostly because the named 13-year-old (which all the somali original sources have named) has a name which is the same name of the leader of the al-shabaab… except it’s backwards.

    of course the problem with news agencies like the ap today is that they are too large. the ap has over 3000 “journalists” in nearly 300 locations globally. some of these places, like somalia, have no local standards for journalists… because they don’t even have functional organizations to control, manage, or reward their journalistic work.

    i hope that helps.


    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      March 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you. I did publish the story about it being likely a fake. When I first wrote this up, I was very reluctant about all of it. My senses kind of made me wonder if it was real or not.

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