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Legal aid has been set up to help victims of sexual harassment. Photo by Adan Mohamed.

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Legal aid to help victims of sexual harassment has been set up across Mandera County to prevent further cases.

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Authorities and activists in the area were hopeful that the establishment of the institute would help reduce sexual harassment that has been largely ignored by the authorities.

In Mandera alone, 35 cases of sexual crime have been recorded, with the majority of these being child molesters and just one case of rape.

Officials who have often been the first responders in cases of sexual harassment expressed satisfaction with the legal aid centers saying that it would also reduce the burden from their offices.

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Rhamu Chief Mohamed Hussein said with the help of legal aid where victims can come close to participating confidently their plight will end sexual violence.

Residents of Mandera have been encouraged to make good use of the facility by reporting incidents of violence in a timely manner.

Mandera County Commissioner Onesmus Kytha said a task force would also be formed to take action to address sexual harassment as well as cases related to FGM.

Residents of Mandera have been encouraged to make good use of the facility by reporting incidents of violence in a timely manner. Photo by Adan Mohamed

The latest victim of domestic violence is Mohamed Abdi, who is suffering from injuries after being scalded with hot water by his wife, over his plans to remarry his first divorced wife.

The recent incident as sexual harassment has never passed police reports, this is because of a strong system of interest, which encourages from the resolution of court cases.

They are joining a growing list of bad domestic violence statistics in Mandera that has been burdening families.

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