Somalia: A human rights disaster
This report describes human rights violations of concern to AI in the 18 months of civil war and violence which have followed the ending of the brutal regime of President Siad Barre. The abuses take place in a context of armed conflict among warring clans, political and economic collapse, drought and famine. The report focuses on alleged killings by one of the parties to the conflict, General Mohamed Farah Aideed's United Somali Congress. It includes a testimony of a survivor of a massacre of unarmed civilians in the Gedo region April/May 1992. General Aideed's forces allegedly rounded up people of the Darod clan; in the ensuing massacre old men and children were reportedly tortured and killed and women, including pregnant women, gang-raped and killed.