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article imageClashes between Somali rival clans kill 20, rapists stalk women

By Andrew Moran     Dec 7, 2010 in World
Mogadishu - Rival factions in central Somalia have killed at least 20 people after the clans clashed over ownership claims of the grazing land and water well. To the east of the country, women are being raped at "alarming rates."
Reports coming out of Somalia are highlighting the continued violence in the destabilized country. Somalia, which hasn't had a functioning government since 1991 when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, has been prone to severe violence over the years.
According to Voice of America, the Majerteen and Sa’ad clans killed at least 20 people and 25 others were wounded in the central part of Mudug. The eruption of violence began when hostilities heightened over ownership of the grazing land and water well.
Residents say most of the dead were militia members. The Washington Post reports that hundreds of villagers fled the area when heavy gunfire and loud explosions could be heard: “It's awful fighting and tension is still high so I call for prompt action,” one resident said.
Meanwhile, in the Galkayo region in the eastern part of Somalia, three masked gunmen broke into a tent belonging to Asha Muse Ali, according to the Associated Press. The men allegedly stole a mobile handset, a gold ring and $85 in cash.
Following the theft, the men then proceeded to rape Ali and her aunt.
Aid workers in the country say the number of rapes among refugees is increasing at an “alarming rate,” which is fueled by the young men viewing pornographic movies: “The number is bigger than what we recorded because there are women who suffer in silence for fear of reprisals, divorce or allegations that they consented to the act,” said Saado Mohamed Ise of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development.
There are approximately 60,000 internally displaced people in Galkayo. Majority of them fled Mogadishu and various parts of south-central Somalia due to the heavy violence. However, thousands of women now run the risk of being raped.
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