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Somali Women Face Rape Sexual Assault as They Flee Famine


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MC: WOMEN FLEEING CONFLICT AND FAMINE IN SOMALIA ARE FACING ANOTHER THREAT TO THEIR LIVES: SEXUAL ASSAULT. AS THEY MAKE THE LONG JOURNEY FROM WHAT WAS ONCE THEIR HOME IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE COMPLEX AT DADAAB, KENYA, WOMEN HAVE TO CONTEND WITH BEING ATTACKED AND RAPED BY ARMED MILITANTS AND BANDITS, OFTEN TIMES REPEATEDLY. THE VIOLENCE DOES NOT STOP ONCE THE WOMEN REACH THE CAMPS. WITH THE LARGE INFLUX OF REFUGEES, MANY WOMEN BUILD SHELTERS FARTHER AWAY FROM THE CENTER OF THE CAMPS, MAKING THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS. HOWEVER, THE U-N HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES, UNHCR, HAS BEEN WORKING TO INCREASE SECURITY AT THE CAMPS. REPORTER KIM LEWIS SPOKE WITH A UNHCR SPOKESPERSON IN DADAAB, WILLIAM SPINDLER. KIM LEWIS/SPINDLER 3:34 NSO MC: THAT WAS UNHCR SPOKESPERON WILLIAM SPINDLER. HE SPOKE WITH KIM LEWIS FROM DADAAB, KENYA.

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