African Union Mission in Somalia

14 August 2013

Somalia: Amisom Statement On Allegations of Rape in Maslah

Photo: Stuart Price/UN Photo
Soldiers at sunrise.

press release

AMISOM is aware of the allegations leveled against its troops in reference to the alleged rape case in Maslah.

The AU mission strongly condemns any incidents of alleged sexual abuse or exploitation and takes the issue extremely serious as it reiterates the mission commitment to enhancing the safety of women and indeed protecting all Somali citizens.

AMISOM and Somali National Army have formed a joint team to investigate the matter of and appropriate action will be taken once the facts of the case have been established.

Training of good conduct and discipline particularly regarding sexual behavior, as well as an introduction to Somali culture are key elements of the extensive pre-deployment training received by every AMISOM soldier before they arrive.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) continues to conduct sensitization fora on prevention and response on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for soldiers in all AMISOM areas of operations.

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