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IPS Examines the Issue of Gender-Based Violence Against Women Fleeing Somalia for Dadaab

October 7, 2011

Inter Press Service examines the issue of gender-based violence (GBV) against women as they make the journey from their homes in Somalia to Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp in search of food aid and refuge, calling it a "hidden side" of the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. "So far, only 30 cases of rape were reported between January and July 2011 according to the UNHCR at Dadaab," IPS writes, adding, "But medical experts at the camp say that this is a small fraction of a huge problem faced by women" because many do not report instances of rape out of fear they will be blamed by family members and rejected from the community (Esipisu, 10/5).

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