African Union soldiers in Somalia have raped and sexually exploited women and girls as young as 12 on their peacekeeping bases, a new report by an international human rights group has alleged. Human Rights Watch said the soldiers, relying on Somali intermediaries, have at times targeted women and girls who enter the bases through guarded gates seeking medical assistance or water. The New York-based group said it interviewed 21 women and girls since who described being sexually abused or sexually exploited by Burundian or Ugandan military personnel in two bases in Mogadishu. African Union soldiers in Somalia have raped and sexually exploited women and girls as young as 12, a new report by an international human rights group has alleged file picture. Ten separate incidents of sexual abuse, including rape and sexual assault, and 14 cases of sexual exploitation were documented during the period, the rights group said.
Joshua Milton Blahyi born September 30, , better known by his nom de guerre General Butt Naked , is a former commander of forces under the wider control of Liberian warlord Roosevelt Johnson. Once described as "the most evil man in the world", Blahyi said in that he killed at least 20, people and carried out regular human sacrifice and cannibalism of children. Blahyi has stated that he was originally a tribal priest. Since the war he has converted to Christianity and become a preacher.
The civil war that began with the ousting of Mohammed Siad Barre in January , continues in pockets of the country despite international intervention in Recent articles note that the famine seems to be over and the fighting minimal, except in Mogadishu, although the recovery and rebuilding is only beginning ibid. In the self-proclaimed but unrecognized Republic of Somaliland Northern Somalia , a de facto government has been in place for about two years. While the conflict has taken its toll on all Somali citizens, women are said to bear a disproportionate burden of its effects Shire , Women have been subjected to violence based on their gender, and rape is frequent in Somalia and in the refugee camps to which the victims of war flee The Ottawa Citizen 13 Sept. The situation of women in areas of armed conflict, as well as the role of women in Somali society, are issues that have drawn the attention of human rights groups and Somali analysts. However, there is a paucity of information on issues affecting women, such as rape, domestic violence and legal avenues of redress available to victims of violence. Currently there are various international human rights and medical groups working in Somalia, but they are difficult to contact.
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