Somalia: women raped with impunity

The three Somali women sat huddled together in a corner of an empty, dusty room in a camp for displaced people in northern Somalia, their faces etched with grief and resignation.

They were all rape victims. Two of them had been gang-raped, by up to six men.


Roberta Russo from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees works with young Somali women who are victims of rape. She told me the perpetrators are all too frequently young men in the towns surrounding the camp.

The only way some of these young women can earn a few cents a day is collecting rubbish.

“The internally displaced girls often have to go far away to isolated places where men attack them,” Ms Russo tells me.

A prominent campaigner against sex attacks talked to me passionately and with commitment about the difficulties of bringing prosecutions against the perpetrators.

There are not enough police and frankly, she said, the police sometimes colluded in the attacks or carried them out themselves.

Meanwhile the UN worried about Islamophobia

3 comments on “Somalia: women raped with impunity

  1. This is the war against women that goes on all over the world; fathers, husbands, brothers and police and judges are all responsible…if they don’t speak out and STOP these hate attacks against their own mothers, sisters, daughters and wives.

    • Claudia says:

      Well, police and judges can be also women. And there are also women, sisters and daughters who are accomplices of things like this, whether it is because they don’t tell the police or because they actually consider that their relatives have done something to merit it.
      And well, not ALL men are bad guys who actually support this.
      Being women doesn’t make a human being a saint. And being a man doesn’t make him a demon…

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