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Remote warfare and sexual violence in Djibouti

This report looks at possible connections between foreign military bases and sexual violence in the East African country of Djibouti.


China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States have troops and contractors stationed in this East African country, which also had a record of trafficking and forced prostitution. There has been some indication of foreign soldiers engaging in illegal sexual activities with women and girls; this report seeks to expose what we know and encourage international organisations and governments to dig further.

Written by Ray Acheson • Published September 2017 by Reaching Critical Will, a programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom • Thanks to Sanne Terlingen and Hannah Kooy for their investigative reporting on this issue

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