Somalia/Kenya: Women fleeing famine at risk from armed sexual violence

Women and girls attempting to flee the famine in Somalia are at risk of being abducted and forced into marriage by armed groups, or face rape and other forms of sexual violence in refugee camps. In a statement, UN Special Representative to Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström said, "There is an urgent need for services to be provided to survivors of sexual violence and for effective camp management to minimise the risks facing women and girls. We should also improve monitoring and reporting on sexual violence to better inform our actions". In Kenya, IANSA women of the Frontier Indigenous Network continue to work with the government to monitor crossing points along the Somali border. They are working around the clock to help prevent abuses against the women and track the movement of small arms. They also offer counselling to affected women and are connecting them with aid agencies that provide secure transport to the refugee camps.