Somalia Forum Highlights the Situation of Young Prisoners in Mogadishu

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    Somalia Forum Highlights the Situation of Young Prisoners in Mogadishu

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somali Youth Cluster organized Dhugaal forum in Mogadishu on Saturday, to highlight the situation of the young prisoners in Mogadishu central Jail.

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Dhugaal Forum in Mogadishu. Photo Courtesy: SYC
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somali Youth Cluster organized Dhugaal forum in Mogadishu on Saturday, to highlight the situation of the young prisoners in Mogadishu central Jail.

The Forum which attracted more than  120 participants among Ahmed  Ali Dahir, Somali Attorney General, Minister for Youth and Sports, Khadija Mohamed Diiriye, Deputy chair Parliamentary of Social Affairs, Amina Mohamed Abdi, Dahir Amin Jesow, a member of Parliamentary security committee and Shuute, the milirary court chief among others.


The forum which is supported by United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia is planned to be held on monthly basis. The Dhugaal Forum  presented a study on how the young prisoners live inside Mogadishu Central jail, the highest number of cases convicted and the overall number of youth prisoners in the jail.

"We have seen 2670 prisoners,” Muna Hassan Mohamed, Chairperson of Somali Youth Cluster said, "1900 of the prisoners are youth between 18-35”
According to Muna Hassan, the study also highlighted that the youth in prisoners do not  access to education, health care and the highest rate of the prisoners are held cases related to terrorism, rape and armed robbery.

"We have managed to get health care access to a mad woman who was sentenced to five years  and we will continue to follow up”  Muna added.

Somali Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir reiterated the importance of the youth to informed about the laws of the country.

"Its important to conduct awareness on legal related issues.” Dr. Ahmed Ali Dahir said, "Its possible that today’s youth do not know the consequences of gaining illegal document from Abdalla Shideeye, which amount to 10 years in Prison.”

On the other hand, the Minister of Youth and Sports Khadijo Mohamed Dirie said that the youth are part of the development of the country and deserve to be given special care.

Dhugaal Forum is a new initiative aimed to highlight the problems existing in specific areas of the community.  This month's theme was to highlight access to Health care, Justice and education for the youth prisoners which are vital  to safeguarding the basic rights of the prisoners.

- HORN OBSERVER -


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