Sabahi (Washington, DC)

6 September 2013

Somalia: Silanyo Announces Boost to Education in Bid to Stem Human Trafficking

Photo: Hasaan Mahamud/IRIN
Students in Mogadishu, Somalia

Somaliland regional President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo on Wednesday (September 4th) said his administration would assist local schools in increasing enrolment in an attempt to stem the growing issue of human trafficking, Somalia's RBC Radio reported.

The government plan is to help families turn to education as a way to combat the high levels of unemployment and poverty, two factors that have fuelled human trafficking in the region.

Silanyo said that better educated youths would be less vulnerable to being trafficked because they would be better able to identify the risks. Hundreds of Somaliland youths are killed or go missing every year while attempting to make the journey to Europe, Asia and the Arab Gulf countries.

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