Somalia: Rape On the Rise in Somaliland

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Hargeisa — Rape in Somaliland has been on the upsurge according to a department in Somaliland’s Ministry of Health that reported 299 rape cases in 2012 and 2013, Allafrika Online reports.

The findings came from a Needs Assessment department in Somaliland’s Health Ministry that reported 104 rape cases during 2013. The rape cases are steadily increasing rape activists in Somaliland say.

Asho Abdi the head of the department that broke the findings told media that there were 67 cases that were taken to court and that only 17 cases were presided over by Somaliland courts.

The rape cases have been on the increase and activists are asking for concentrated effort in curbing the violent crimes.

Earlier this year the UAE and Britain pledged £2million to fight sexual violence in Somalia.

Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia, unilaterally declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but has not beenrecognized internationally.

All Afrika Source