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In Somalia, Rape is a Common Sight: Labeled as Worst Country for Women

The country has brittle laws for women safety owing to which perpetrators roam free without chargeS

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Aug 11, 2017: Somalia is voted as the 5th most deadly place for women to inhabit. High maternal mortality rate, frequent rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), and limited access to healthcare facilities for women make Somalia, one of the worst countries for women.

According to the survey conducted by the ‘Human Right Watch’, rape is a common sight in Somalia. Many times, rapists are the men from the police department, which makes it even hard for the victim to raise their voice.

Many women in Somalia live in tents, which are easily accessible by outsiders. There isn’t proper electricity inside the tent which makes it difficult for the women to acknowledge the face of their rapist afterward.

As per the statistics from the United Nation, before 2013, there were 800 cases of sexual violence and rape against women in just six months, mentioned Daily Bhaskar. Although, due to under reportage of such crimes, the actual number is far fetched.

The country has brittle laws for women safety owing to which perpetrators roam free without charges. Men are never prosecuted or sentenced for committing such atrocious act.

 

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Deputy Leader of IS Group in Somalia Killed in Airstrike

Gallan said the strike hit the vehicle Dhoqob and another passenger were travelling in

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Flight training has been suspended at Ratmalana, a suburb in the capital Colombo, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said in a letter to flying schools and aircraft operators. VOA

Fadumo Yasin contributed to this report from Bosaso in Puntland.

The deputy leader of the Islamic State group in Somalia has been killed in an airstrike, a Somali regional minister told VOA.

Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, security Minister of the Puntland region, told VOA Somali the airstrike that killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, known as Dhoqob, took place Sunday between the villages of Hol Anod and Hiriro.

Gallan said the strike hit the vehicle Dhoqob and another passenger were travelling in. He said both men were killed but the other person has not yet been identified.

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IS has 200-300 men in Somalia according to experts. Al-Shabab and IS have recently been fighting in the eastern mountainous areas since December last year. VOA

“The vehicle was burned,” said a witness who didn’t want to be named.

IS Somalia is led by Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin, a former scholar for al-Shabab. In October 2015 he defected from the group and pledged his allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Dhoqob was Mumin’s right-hand-man and has appeared in videos produced by the group. Mumin himself survived another airstrike in his mountainous hideout in Bari region in November 2017.

“Killing one of their top leaders will speed up their eradication,” Gallan said.

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Gallan said the strike hit the vehicle Dhoqob and another passenger were travelling in. VOA

Puntland officials have not commented on who carried out the attack but the U.S. military in Africa has been conducting relentless strikes against militants in Somalia. This year alone, U.S. has carried out more than 30 airstrikes, all of them against al-Shabab.

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IS has 200-300 men in Somalia according to experts. Al-Shabab and IS have recently been fighting in the eastern mountainous areas since December last year.

Al-Shabab has vowed to eliminate its rival IS, accusing it of “dividing the jihadists.” Security officials told VOA Somali that IS has lost some of its territory to al-Shabab. (VOA)