Somalia is a very young nation demographically; estimates place half the population under the age of 14 and less than five percent over the age of 60. A large portion of the population grew up during incredible civil instability and violence, making exposure to armed violence an ever-present prospect. Further, the presence of more than one million displaced persons and refugees exacerbates the difficulties of protecting vulnerable groups from violence.
Jones, Abigail; Sandhu, Nicola; and Musetti, Lucas
"Gendered Vulnerabilities to Small Arms in South Central Somalia,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 20
, Article 5.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol20/iss3/5