"This is a tragic and deplorable incident," said UNICEF Representative for Somalia, Christian Balslev-Olesen.
The incident highlights the extreme vulnerability of girls and women in Somalia, for whom violence and discrimination are intensified by the effects of chronic conflict and displacement. Sexual and gender-based violence is commonplace in Somalia and the vulnerability of girls and women is further exacerbated through gender inequalities in access to essential social services.
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