Thirteen year old Aisha was walking to her grandmother's house, when she was ambushed by three men. They took it in turns to rape her.
Many capital punishment sentences begin with the fury and outrage of an aggrieved family member. This one was no exception.
As soon as Aisha crawled home after her ordeal, her father was on the telephone. Ibrahim Duhulow demanded justice from the police department. They suggested that he bring his daughter in.
The Duhulow family are devout Muslims, who were new to the port city of Kismayo. They had arrived from the Hagardeer refugee camp in Kenya, just three months previously. This made things difficult, not least because it meant that Ibrahim had totally misjudged what would keep his daughter safe.
The al-Shabab officers listened carefully to the story, then they promptly arrested Aisha. They had not heard a rape report. They had heard a confession. Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow had admitted to intercourse with three men outside of marriage; and that was an offense punishable by stoning.
Early in the morning of October 27th 2008, vehicles with loudspeakers drove slowly around the city. Their announcement stated simply that there would be a stoning in the Kismayo football stadium at 4pm. Over 1000 people answered the call to witness it.
At the appointed time, Aisha was dragged out into their midst. There was a hole dug in the center of the pitch and she knew what was going to happen to her.
Sheik Hayakalah, on behalf of the authorities, had spoken on the local radio station. He told listeners, "The evidence came from her side and she officially confirmed her guilt, while she told us that she is happy with the punishment under Islamic law."
Those watching her being hauled onto the pitch had a different story to tell. Some said that she'd become mentally unstable after being separated from her family, in the aftermath of her triple rape. Others knew nothing about that. They could just see a clearly terrified child begging for her life.
"I'm not going, I'm not going." Aisha cried, referring to the pit dug for her. "Don't kill me! Don't kill me!"
Her parents and brothers were amongst the spectators, helpless to do anything about it. But there were other protesters too.
Everyone there was Muslim, but this did not look like Allah's will. There was a surge of people rushing onto the pitch to save her. But the militia were ready.
Shots were fired into the crowd and there were injuries. An eight-year-old boy was killed. (Sheik Hayakalah later publicly apologized for that and stated that the gunman had been punished.) Order was restored and the execution went on as planned.
Aisha screamed and tried to escape, as four men forced her into the pit. She struggled as she was buried up to her neck. For someone supposedly 'happy with the punishment', she was making a pitiful fuss.
Then fifty men surrounded her armed with hefty stones brought in especially for the death penalty. They pelted her with them, as she fought to free herself.
Finally it was over. A pause. Nurses rushed on to dig the teenager up and check for signs of life. She was still alive! She was buried again and more stones came. Three times this occurred, until Aisha was eventually declared dead.
Even then, there was apparently a final round of stoning, just in case.
Her family fled Somalia shortly afterwards. Along with a veritable stream of people terrified that this could have happened to their daughter, their child, they made their way back to the refugee camps of Kenya and there they remain.