Among the more than 14,500 asylum seekers living in Somalia, 1,800 are getting assistance, considered as refugees by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.The rest who live in primitive conditions are often the victims of violence and abuse.
Jalene reported for the Afan Oromo service on the plight of several refugees who have suffered in Galkayo.An Oromo woman who asked that her name not be revealed for fear of more threats on her life said in a telephone interview that she was robbed and raped by Somalis.
The UNHCR’s Roberta Russo told Jalene they have a record of this women’s reported attack, but that the UN agency can only offer protection and assistance to extremely vulnerable asylum seekers, in addition to refugees. Asylum seekers are seeking protection from Somali authorities, who are currently occupied with a continuing war of their own.
Other Oromo refugee interviewed for this program said he was shot in the head, and another said he was shot in the hand in a separate attack. Still others reported that some Oromo have been abducted. Asylum seekers from Hargessa, Somaliland said they believe the kidnappers were Somali security agents who have turned their victims over to Ethiopian authorities for detention and possible torture.