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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