Just about had enough of this shit

Iraq: Kurdish girl stoned to death, mob films it on cameraphones: “Xeni Jardin:
Cellphone videos that depict a teenage girl being stoned to death by a crowd surfaced online last week. Statements on the Kurdish website jebar.info claim the incident took place in Mosul, Iraq, and that the girl was Du’a Khalil Aswad, a 17-year old Kurd who was being killed for having had a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy in a nearby town. These same online accounts indicate that some of the same members of the crowd who were stoning her to death were simultaneously documenting the act on their mobile phones:

In a short mobile video clip which appears to have been taken by locals at seen of the murder, the girl is seen being ambushed on her way home by a group of up to 1000 men who were waiting for her to return; the men killed her in the most brutal way possible, by throwing large stones on her head. The following clips show that while she is alive and crying for help she is taunted and kicked in her stomach until someone finishes her off by throwing a large stone on her face.

From the clips it appears that the girl was first stripped naked to symbolize that she had dishonored her family and her Yezidi religion. She is lying on the road naked while her smashed face is covered with blood and still breathing.

.3gp video files (warning: contains extremely graphic violence) and account at kurdishaspect.com. I see related reports at Daily Mail and Foxnews.com, but there’s nothing online at sources I’d consider more reputable — so I don’t know how reliable the reported details of this incident are.

According to the online reports that do exist, these phonecam videos were uploaded to YouTube also. But a quick search on YouTube now shows: ‘This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.’

Related: 30 Iraqis died in a car bomb attack in Iraq today, and more than 600 civilians are reported to have died in the week prior.

UPDATE: BoingBoing reader Derek says,

AP mentions a similar story of the incident, so what happened seems to be established. As a bit of an update, the article is mainly about how a gunman executed a bus full of Yazidis in response to the stoning of the girl. Vicious circle.

At least 23 have been killed in retaliatory violence: Link to Amnesty International statement. Peaceful protest rallies against the violence took place in Erbil: Link to blog account.

(Via Boing Boing.)


9 thoughts on “Just about had enough of this shit

  1. …and just think, they say we’re uncivilized. I’m not sure what’s worse though, being stoned to death in (so called) Kurdistan, or being disfigured by having acid thrown on your body in Pakistan…

    It makes me wonder if there’s any hope for them being able to progress to a more civilized society.

  2. I don’t understand the people of the region.
    When someone goes ballistic in the U.S.,the blame is placed on mental illness,drugs,poverty,gangs,etc.
    Lots of people of the third world aren’t at each others throats 24 hours a day…
    What are the people in that region so pissed off about constantly? Religion? Unemployment? Stupidity? What the hell is it with these people? I really don’t get it.
    I don’t have much of an opinion about politics in general usually, but with the behavioral issues these people display on an hourly basis, isn’t a dictatorship the only way or what?

  3. I’d like to point out that the US is supposed to be a civilized nation, yet we’re the ones who were torturing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, and we’re the ones whose elections don’t meet the standards that the Carter Center expects from even third world countries, and we’re the ones who have people mouldering in Gitmo, and we’re the ones who still employ extreme rendition, and we’re the ones who allow people like Fred Phelps to protest at the funerals of people killed at Virginia Tech because “god hates fags.”

    So, please, let’s not pretend to be holier than thou. It’s unbecoming, and hypocritical. I’m sure the people of the region don’t understand us, either.

  4. I’m sorry, but how can you equate someone exercising their right of free speech (i.e. “God hates fags”) to someone being publicly stoned for being in love? Yes, I agree, the US has issues with credibility worldwide, but lets keep things in proper perspective. “We” didn’t torture prisoners in Abu Ghraib, a group of soldiers did. Those solders are being properly dealt with via our justice system. I highly doubt the stoning mob will meet a similar fate.

  5. No, it wasn’t just a group of soldiers who tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib. It was with the approval of the commanders (tacit at least, if not overtly stated), who had approval from people like Rummy and Gonzo, who think the Geneva Convention is “quaint” and that torture is really in the eye of the beholder. So, no, I don’t believe the people responsible are being properly dealt with via our justice system. At all.

    And just because you don’t understand the people of the region doing what they did, it doesn’t mean they don’t have their own social standards. I’m not saying they’re right for doing what they did, far from it. I think it’s abhorrent. But don’t judge these people that you claim you don’t understand. At least try to understand what they’re doing, and why, before you pass judgment.

    I’d also like to point out that the US is at least in part responsible for what happened to this girl. We put the wheels in motion for this civil war to spiral out of control. Whether we understand why the Sunnis and Shia hate each other, the fact is they do, and have, for thousands of years.

    I don’t know if they can progress in a more civilized society. Our Fearless Leader was certain of it, and so this is where we are. But I hesitate to say that we are a more civilized society, with all this nonsense going on.

  6. I agree the situation seems to have worsened with U.S involvement. Getting all these different groups to live together in peace is a ridiculous notion. They all want borders, right?
    The tension in the blood of these people seems to suggest they can’t calm down, so I say drop a Wellbutrin bomb on the place.

  7. These people are barbaric, if it is their culture, it is barbaric and inferior…

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    fathers may kill their daughters

    if they feel dishonored
    like when she dates the wrong boy

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