Target: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud of Somalia
Goal: To call for justice for tortured, beaten refugees in Somalia
Government security officials and armed groups have been accused of raping, torturing, and beating displaced refugees in Somalia. These refugees have been fleeing to Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, in an effort to escape social and political turmoil and violence. These individuals should not be confronted with new paradigms of conflict in their efforts to escape those of old.
In a very detailed report, Human Rights Watch outlined “serious violations, including physical attacks, restrictions on movement and access to food and shelter, and clan-based discrimination against the displaced in Mogadishu from the height of the famine in mid-2011 through 2012. Interviews with 70 displaced people documented the ways in which government forces, affiliated militia, and private parties, notably camp managers known as ‘gatekeepers,’ prey upon the vulnerable community.”
These refugees are especially susceptible to these violations as long as the Somalian government remains complicit with these kinds of actions. The government must do something fast in order to secure the safety and security of these refugees who are simply trying to escape violent origins. Unfortunately, as of now, they are departing from atrocity only to end up in similar situations.
Many of these victims are women and girls who face increased sexual abuse in the Somalian refugee camps. The exact number of sexual attacks is largely unknown because many cases go unreported because these victims fear reprisal if they bring their situation to light.
Many of the gatekeepers, who are guards in the refugee camps, are corrupt and take the goods provided by humanitarian groups for themselves. Because of this, famine is a very real problem in the refugee camps as there are simply not enough goods to be allocated accordingly to everyone. As one refugee put it, “There is nothing worse than the situation we are in. Now all we want is to get a car and return to our villages, because if I can die here because of lack of food, I might as well die in my village, because death is death.” This quote clearly defines the hopelessness that characterizes these Somalian camps.
These refugees are coming to Somalia to escape violence and famine only to enter into a new realm of brutality and hunger. The Somalian government needs to correct this deep error if they hope to occupy a seat in the international community. Opening the doors up to individuals seeking asylum is one of the many principles of being a member of a global community.
Sign below in order to urge the Somalian government to correct these instances of abuse, and initiate a system wherein the flaws of their refugee process are eradicated to allow for the safety of these refugees.
Dear President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud,
The refugees currently occupying your camps are dealing with a number of atrocities that no one should ever have to face. Many individuals have undergone a variety of abuses ranging from sexual assault to extremely violent beatings. The security forces that have caused these instances need to be identified, charged, and terminated from the institution.
A number of corrupt officials who are in charge of allocating humanitarian-based resources towards the refugees have been taking the goods for themselves. This has left many of the camps in danger of famine, leaving refugees facing starvation.
All of these flaws need to be corrected in order to foster a nation intent on preserving the safety of refugees in need.
[Your Name Here]
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