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12 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

Activists welcome initial approval of law designed to curb rising sexual violence, but warn scope and implementation could prove problematic.

Somaliland has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state.

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04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

27 Jan 2014 description
report The Guardian

After 18 years as a social activist in Somaliland, Suad Abdi feels it is time to run for parliament. But she stands as much chance of winning a seat as a camel has of passing through the eye of a needle.

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28 May 2013 description
report The Guardian

Dr Nima Hassan, one of very few female surgeons working in Somalia, deals with caesarian sections, bomb wounds and other injuries at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, as Amisom attempt to enforce peace on the surrounding streets and allow aid to reach Somalis. The hospital also has to deal with cases of malnutrition and cholera.

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03 May 2013 description
report The Guardian

Somali president expected to present plans for rebuilding military, police and justice systems, as civil society calls on nascent government to empower women and provide jobs.

On Tuesday next week, the UK hosts yet another big conference on Somalia, bringing together officials from 50 countries and organisations, including the UN, African Union and International Monetary Fund.

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02 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Women and children, most fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia, are being trafficked into Kenya and sold into prostitution or forced labour

Amina Shakir (not her real name) fled the drought and famine in Somalia for a better life in Kenya. But she did so illegally, placing her faith in the hands of a criminal network headed by Mukhalis, or agents in Swahili. In the end her faith was misplaced as she was "sold" into employment upon finally reaching Kenya.

24 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

The former Irish president, who has returned to Somalia after 19 years, says humanitarian aid must be linked to education and healthcare, including contraception for women

Mary Robinson went to Somalia as Ireland's president in October 1992. She went again in July this year. It wasn't good in 1992. "What struck me this time," she told me, "is that on every count, things were worse."

11 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

While agencies bring food and medical aid to famine-hit Somalia, rapidly escalating sexual violence is treated as a low priority