War Crimes and the Devastation of Somalia
The 104-page report, "So Much to Fear: War Crimes and the Devastation of Somalia," describes how the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the Ethiopian forces that intervened in Somalia to support it and insurgent forces have committed widespread and serious violations of the laws of war. Frequent violations include indiscriminate attacks, killings, rape, use of civilians as human shields, and looting. Since early 2007, the escalating conflict has claimed thousands of civilian lives, displaced more than a million people, and driven out most of the population of Mogadishu, the capital. Increasing attacks on aid workers in the past year have severely limited relief operations and contributed to an emerging humanitarian crisis.
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- "So Much to Fear"
- Map of Somalia
- Map of Mogadishu
- International Humanitarian Law and the Conflict in Somalia
- Civilian Deaths and the Destruction of Mogadishu
- Human Rights Abuses by Transitional Federal Government Forces
- Laws of War and Human Rights Violations by Ethiopian Military Forces
- Abuses by Insurgent Forces
- Attacks on Humanitarian Workers and Civil Society Activists
- Abuses of Displaced People and Refugees
- The Role of International Actors in Somalia
- Appendix: Direct Donor Support to TFG Security Forces