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Heinous Act Overshadowed Women’s Day in Puntland

Expand A Somali woman walks alone in central Mogadishu. © 2013 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch Ten days before the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, the brutal rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Puntland, Somalia sparked protests across the country and outrage on social media. Aisha Ilyas Adan went missing on February 24. Her body was discovered the next day near her home in North Galkayo, Puntland. According to multiple media reports, Aisha was raped, mutilated, and strangled to death. Several suspects are reportedly in detention in connection with this incident.…

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