Twenty-five-year old Somali refugee Sadia Mohamed helps women and girls who have experienced domestic or sexual violence and other forms of abuse in the Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, in Kenya.

She says they come to the centre where she works for many different reasons.
The camp is not an easy place. There is a lot of domestic violence, early or forced marriages, girls are denied education, and there is sexual assault.
Many of the women are traumatised and they need to be handled with sensitivity, says Ms Mohamed who works for the International Rescue Committee.
If she is a survivor of sexual violence, for example, I ask if she is willing then immediately call a doctor. We have a shortage of medical staff so it could be hours until someone arrives. Sometimes I end up staying with a survivor into the evening waiting for a medical exam
I [then] explain everything that is happening, act as a translator and assist as the doctor performs the exam and gives her any treatment to prevent HIV. If she wants her case to be forwarded to the police, I help gather evidence, such as her clothes, and find her new comfortable clothing.”
Afterwards, she counsels the women to reassure them that they are not to blame or alone.
Around 4pm, I start the walk home. To be honest, it is not an easy time of the day – my head is filled with the stories and experiences of the women I have seen and their suffering. It is heavy.
But she says she is proud of her job and that the women she sees leave “knowing they will be ok”.

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