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Public flogging in Somalia

Somalia - public flogging

With comments by C. Farrell



Public whippings in Somalia by Al-Shabab: Two video clips.

CLIP 1 OF 2

"Members of the Somali Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement flog two boys for committing 'abominable acts'", taken from Al-Jazeera TV, March 2009. This could be described as a textbook example of how NOT to administer corporal punishment. For one thing, it is never a sound plan to have the culprit just standing there. And there is no focus or direction to the strokes. One of the boys even gets hit on his front. Even the Saudi "lying flat on the ground" method is less random and pointless than this.

It is possible that this flogging is the one referred to in this March 2009 news report.

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CLIP 2 OF 2

Extract from TV news report (December 2008) by Al-Jazeera. The anti-government al-Shabab group had taken control of several areas of southern and central Somalia and were imposing their extreme version of Islam by force. Three men are publicly whipped for drug use. Mohammed Adow reports from Kismayu. As in the previous clip, the whipping is ineptly carried out.

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