Gay man stoned to death in Somalia?

Published: March 18, 2013

MOGADISHU, March 18 – A gay man was allegedly stoned to death as punishment for homosexuality, a gay Muslim group has said Saturday.

According to Somali Gay Community, the young man, Mohamed Ali Baashi ,18, was buried in a hole up to his chest and then pelted with rocks by members of the Al Qaeda link group Al Shabaab on Friday, March 15, in Barawe, about 50 miles from the capital, Mogadishu.

The group, through its Facebook page, Somali Gay Community, posted three photos of alleging they were from the stoning.  [Editor’s note: Some of the distressing photos don’t seem to match the description of a man "buried in a hole up to his chest."]

However, Identity Kenya could not independently verify this claim or the alleged stoning and efforts to reach the group have not been successful.

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