Casting Stones

The Koran says nothing about stoning. Why is this mother facing death?

When Amina Lawal gave birth to a big-eyed baby girl late last year, she hoped her life was getting better. After leaving her second husband, she had started dating Yahaya Mohammed, a good-looking neighbor with a steady job. When she became pregnant, Mohammed said at first that he didn't want children. But a chief in the couple's mud-walled village of Kurami ruled that Mohammed must take responsibility for his child, and the reluctant father gave Lawal money to buy firewood to boil water during the delivery. Lawal says Mohammed also agreed to marry her. "I thought that this would end up...

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