Somalia’s long-running political unrest has continued to take a heavy toll on civilians, as warring partied and insurgent Islamic continue to hurt, kill and later, displace them in the country. On Saturday 14th October, a deadly double truck bombing struck in Mogadishu – one of the deadliest attacks in the capital of Somalia, with a rising death toll of at least 300 and over 200 injured. There is no clear insinuation on which extremist group is responsible for the twin bombing attacks in the city, but the magnitude of the attack is most alarming since the 1990’s in the politically-fragile nation making it the single most deadly attack in the Horn of Africa nation.
With this unclaimed attack on civilians, including women and children, SIHA strongly condemns these brutal acts of violence on innocent individuals. This merciless brutality against humans destabilizes communities, violates human rights and threatens the well-being of the inhabitants. SIHA Network also recognizes that with a spontaneous increase in Somalia’s 1.1 million internally displaced people to many more, primarily women and children who remain extremely vulnerable, we are confident that these negative forces will be overcome and, wicked ideologies defeated.
SIHA calls on the Somali government to address the militarization of civilians, spreading militant militias, and stand firm against the spreading of religious militancy, gender-based violence, corruption while working to provide employment and training opportunities for youth males and females to end the situation of disparity and random violence.
SIHA remains committed to reproaching such acts of violence against minority, demographic groups recognizing the need for long-term persistent messaging to drive change in the region.
SIHA mourns the loss of our Somali family, friends and civilians; and we pray for recovery of those injured in the attacks.
The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a network of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somali-land, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda, and Kenya. Established in 1995 by a coalition of women’s rights activists with the aim of strengthening the capacities of women’s rights organizations and addressing women’s subordination and violence against women and girls in the Horn of Africa, SIHA’s network is comprised of close to 90 member organizations. SIHA and its members envision girls and women in the Horn of Africa with the right to live in a peaceful, just environment and the ability to exercise their equal rights as human beings. SIHA’s work with adolescent girls aims to address their overall subordination and exposure to violence, while investing in their potential and reducing their vulnerabilities.
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