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“UNHCR and partners tackle sexual violence in southern Colombia” from UNHCR, 11/08/2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The article reports, ” When a 14-year-old displaced girl was raped earlier this year in a busy area of the southern Colombian town of Mocoa, hardly anyone batted an eyelid. In another part of town, meanwhile, two sisters, aged six and 10, can’t sleep and are too scared to leave their home after being sexually assaulted in their neighbourhood. Sexual violence has become almost routine in Mocoa and other towns in the volatile department of Putumayo, with young internally displaced women and girls particularly vulnerable. But over the past two years, UNHCR has been working with several partners to change public perceptions about the issue.”

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