Somali Refugees Face Rising Rates of Sexual Assault

Posted: August 28, 2011 in Human Rights
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  • Target: Antonio Manuel de Oliveir Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Sponsored by: Care2.com

The famine sweeping the Horn of Africa right now is the worst that has struck the region in 60 years. As millions of starving, desperate Somali women and children make the long journey to overcrowded Kenyan refugee camps, they face yet another danger – sexual assault.

Margot Wallstrom, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, explained, “Once the women cross the Somalia-Kenya border or reach Dadaab – the world’s largest refugee settlement – their hopes of finding a safe haven are often overshadowed by new dangers and hardships,” she asserts, “including the risk of rape.”

International aid organizations need to more effectively manage camps to minimize sexual assault in the first place. Sign this petition to pressure the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to instate security regulations, set up rape support services, and create temporary emergency housing for the most vulnerable women.

We need to reach 10,000 signatures.. we could use all the help we can get.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/507/877/917/?z00m=20051744

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