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Bid Launched to Save Woman from Being Stoned to Death

ROME, DEC. 20, 2001 ( Numerous groups have responded to Amnesty International´s campaign to save the life of Safiya Tungar-Tudu, a 33-year-old Nigerian condemned to death for having a child outside of wedlock.

According to the Islamic law applied in some Nigerian states, at the end of this month the woman will be lowered into a hole, buried up to her chest, and then stoned to death by the people of her village.

Tungar-Tudu is confined to her cabin, where she nurses the child who has become the cause of her death sentence.

Organizers of the campaign request that letters be sent to Nigerian embassies, appealing to the Nigerian president to pardon the woman. She was sentenced to death Oct. 9 by an Islamic court of the state of Sokoto.

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