Man Who Assaulted, Killed Child Is Publicly Executed in Yemen

In today’s world, we face the tragic reality of inexplicable, and unjust crimes against children. Some of the potential faces of our future are sadly the victims of inhumane crimes that are eliminating those of the next generation. Every child is born with the hope to live a life of fulfillment and to take away that opportunity is villainous. A man was publicly executed for assaulting and killing a child, taking away any future they were destined for.

Muhammad al-Maghrabi, 41, convicted for the sexual assault and murder of a three-year-old girl, was put on display in the Yemeni capital this summer, as a large crowd of onlookers flooded Tahrir Square to witness his execution. Laid down handcuffed on a blanket on the ground, the man awaited his fate after committing this malevolent crime.

Hundreds gathered to witness, as the judge read out his death sentence. People watched on from rooftops and perched up on telegraph poles, as the murderer of young Rana al-Matari endured five bullets from an assault rifle.

Upon the arrival of the convicted man, the crowd shouted “Allah is the greatest,” as they awaited his imminent execution. Reuters photographer Khaled Abdullah, who witnessed the scene, said that the place has turned to complete chaos as the killer was escorted to the middle of the square. Security was tight, as there were fears that a revenge attack could take place by armed tribesman related to the young victim.


The father of the girl, Yahya al-Matari, let reporters know that he felt a sense of rebirth after the execution. “This is the first day in my life. I am relieved now” A feeling that is understandable, though nothing could ultimately bring his daughter back.

The tragedy that this has brought upon the al-Matari family could never be dismissed or forgotten, though it’s liberating to have witnessed the fate of the man who took their daughter’s life. For two years now, the people of Yemen have faced a civil war between Houthi fighters and their Saudi-backed government. An event like this exacerbates the unfortunate circumstances that the people of this nation have been facing.

Despite the execution that brought justice in this matter, it is a difficult time for the Yemeni, who hope to see brighter days of hope in the years to come, and a promising future for the children who will one day help shape their country.

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