By Chagmion Antoine
No one should ever have to choose between starving to death and exposure to HIV, however millions of women and children struggling to survive in the drought-stricken countries of southern Africa aren’t being given a choice.
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By Lauren Wolfe/Director — July 8, 2015
The end of June was hot and dry in Lampedusa, as summer always is. The week I spent on the island of an estimated 5,000-6,000 Italians there was a very separate center of town for a population of 771 people. In their part of town—one shunted off to the middle of the island, among dusty scrubland plagued with scarabs—men slept outside on the ground and women remained behind a locked gate of a refugee and migrant detention center. And these people were getting angry.
The Somali Sexual Offenses Bill, due to go before the Somali federal government in early April, aims to address the narrow scope of existing legislation on sexualized violence in the country. The bill is being seen as a model for Muslim majority countries emerging from conflict. After all, according to Somalia’s provisional constitution, all laws must be in compliance with Islamic law.