Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dozens Somalis Killed and Buried in Malawi

Over 50 Somalis have been killed on Lake Malawi in the wee hours of Wednesday the 20th of June. According to unconfirmed reports, the boat meant to carry a maximum of 15 people capsized as it carried 5 times its required capacity.

It is believed that the Somalis mate their fate as they attempted to dodge the immigration procedures required for asylum seekers or refugees when entering Malawi. They were either in transit from Somali through Tanzania or Mocambique.

The boat capsized in the part of the lake district of Karonga. As we went to press, about 40 bodies were recovered and buried at a mass grave in Karonga. The Malawi Police were joined by the Malawi Army to recover the others dead bodies as chances of survival were very minimal.

Somalia has been under intense civil war since 1991 when a coalition of clan-based armed opposition groups ousted the nation's long-standing military government.

an innocent child is sexually exploited and used as
a shield for hundreds militants
Ever since then, the country has faced different atrocities. Poverty, droughts and different forms of exploitation are also rampant.

Recent UN estimates indicate that over 300,000 children have been abducted and recruited by the country's militias as soldiers since the dawn of the war.

The reports indicate that the militias such as Al-Shabaab abduct girls and boys as young as 7 from their homes or schools, in some cases taking entire classes.

These children are not only used as shields, but they are brainwashed, threatened, drugged and sexually exploited.

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