Seeking Refuge, Finding Terror: The Widespread Rape of Somali Women Refugees in North Eastern Kenya

Friday, October 1, 1993
Human Rights Watch
Eastern Africa

While the tragedy in Somalia made daily news, the plight of thousands of refugees in neighboring Kenya remains unpublicized. Since 1992, approximately 300,000 Somalis have fled across the 800 mile Kenya-Somali border, most of them women and children. Many were the victims of violence, including rape, as they fled war-torn Somalia. They came to Kenya to escape these dangers only to face similar abuse while enroute to or living in the refugee camps.

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