Somalia To Probe Rape Claims Against AU Troops


The government says it will probe the allegations made by the Human Rights Watch and take appropriate action if found to be true

 

"The government condemns all forms of abuse against the Somali people and remains committed to ensuring perpetrators of any crime against its civilians are brought to justice," Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

 

His remarks follows a report documented by the Human Rights Watch that 21 women and girls were raped by troops stationed in Mogadishu

 

The report released on Monday has documented alleged sexual exploitation of the women and girls.

 

The report said that the girls were raped after they sought refuge in the bases manned by the troops after being displaced from their homes

 

The troops that were accused of the crime were those from Uganda and Burundi

 

The current government is struggling to re-impose order and a new federal structure as it battles Al Shabaab terror group

 

By Anne Muchiri

Source:Reuters

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