As women flee famine, new threats leave them susceptible
Aug 12, 2011
As women and their children continue to suffer from hunger as a result of the famine in Somalia, a new concern is being brought up by the United Nations for their safety.
According to the UN's website, women and girls who are trying to reach refugee camps in Kenya are being raped and abducted by armed groups.
"Once they cross the Somalia-Kenya border or reach Dadaab - the world's largest refugee settlement - their hopes of finding a safe haven are often overshadowed by new dangers and hardships, including the risk of rape," Margot Wallström, the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in a statement.
Wallström continued by asking all militants and those involved in the abduction and rape of these women immediately stop, as they are violating human rights.
Kenya is already inundated with a high number of refugees. According to the Christian Post, it's been estimated that Kenya is already hosting more than 500,000 Somalis, as more than 1,300 new people flee the famine struck country each day.