VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Quoted: The untold story in the Horn of Africa
September 6, 2011 by The IRC
|Photo: Gerald Martone/IRC|
"The International Rescue Committee found a fourfold increase in reports of sexual violence at Dadaab in June 2011 compared to January-May. The real numbers are likely much higher, because many women and girls fail to report attacks for fear of their safety, because they don't want to be ostracized by their families and communities or because they don't trust that their rapists will ever be caught or prosecuted."
- Sarah Costa, executive director of IRC affiliate Women's Refugee Commission, discussing why it's time to put the lives and safety of women and girls who are fleeing the drought in Somalia at the top of the humanitarian agenda. Read the full text of her recent opinion piece in The Huffington Post here.