The soldiers used humanitarian assistance to coerce women into sexual activity. There are also allegations of raping women who came seeking water or medical assistance. HRW talked to 21 victims who said they had been raped or sexually exploited in other way. In January , Ayanna S. She and three other women were dragged into a bunker area. Six soldiers beat and raped them, badly injuring one.
Africa: Somalia: Sexual Abuse by African Union Soldiers
Peacekeepers abusing Somali girls, says report
Wounded: People carry injured civilians to hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, last month. At least 15 were killed and dozens more injured in conf These have not appeared. People laugh at her whenever she comes out. They say, 'An infidel raped her. It documents the way in which some AMISOM soldiers, deployed to Somalia since to help restore stability, have, at their bases in Mogadishu, sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls. Researchers spoke to 21 women and girls who described being raped or sexually exploited by Ugandan or Burundian military personnel serving with the AU forces.
AMISOM Police to assist Somali police officers in handling of Sexual Offences
Somalia has many intractable problems, but the Somali and AU leadership could end sexual exploitation and abuse by pressing troop-sending countries to hold abusers responsible. The AU soldiers, relying on Somali intermediaries, have used a range of tactics, including humanitarian aid, to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity. They have also raped or otherwise sexually assaulted women who were seeking medical assistance or water at AMISOM bases.