The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Somalia has sparked outrage after a video of the brutal attack was shared online, leading to more than £7,000 being raised to help the girl and her family “rebuild their lives somewhere else”.
According to a Go Fund Me page set up by philanthropic organisation Somali Faces, the 16-year-old girl has been hospitalised for a month following the attack due to the severity of her injuries.Her family have fled their home town and moved to another city “for fear of being ostracised,” Somali Faces state on the Go Fund Me page.Naval forces and the pirates clashed earlier on Thursday.The hijacking of the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13 was the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel off Somalia since 2012.An official in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland said more than two dozen men boarded the ship off Somalia's northern coast, an area known to be used by weapons smugglers and members of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
Officials have not said when or where he entered the United States.
Pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker have released the ship without conditions, an official says.
Ahmed said the Puntland naval forces had been dispatched to the area not to free the ship by force but to cut off any supplies to the pirates.'Attacking the ship will not help, but instead it will endanger the lives of the crew,' he said.
Families of the crew members had tearfully pleaded for the men to be released unharmed.
Some activists have also attacked the use of the “heer” system to deal with rape cases, which can see clan elders organise for compensation to be paid to victims, and allows perpetrators to escape jail.