In a classroom tucked away from the world in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, students practice spelling.
Ranging in age from 6 to 11, these girls all have one thing in common: They have either been raped or suffered through the rape of a loved one.
Even the 6-year-old is a rape survivor. The baby of the class, she can't quite keep up with the spelling lesson but is happy to clap along.
Next door, in the clinic adjoining the class, a 7-year-old boy and his mother are in for a checkup.
The mother was raped and then watched, helpless, as her son was molested.
Too afraid to seek help, she did what she thought would help: washed her son's wounds with hot water and salt for four excruciating days until they were found and brought here.
The classroom and clinic are both part of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. Founded in 2011, it is the first rape crisis center in Somalia.
Today, the center has bases both in and outside Mogadishu, providing a haven for the spiraling number of Somali victims of sexual violence.
The figures are horrifying, with at least 1,700 women raped in camps for internally displaced people last year in Mogadishu, according to United Nations figures.
The Elman Peace and Human Rights Center was founded by the parents of Ilwad Elman in the 1990s to help child soldiers, but it closed down after her father was assassinated by warlords, forcing the rest of the family to seek refuge in Canada.
Eventually, she and her mother returned, and in 2011, the center reopened with a new focus: helping the victims of sexual violence.
For the safety of the Elman center's staff and the victims it helps, CNN agreed not to reveal the location of the centers it visited.
Rape isn't just happening in the camps for those forced from their homes by fighting, Ilwad Elman told CNN, but in the wider community, "which is also affected by rampant abuse of sexual and gender-based violence."
Elman says she believes a multitude of factors are to blame, but the chief one is conflict -- something that has affected every Somali during more than two decades of war.
"Rape is a well-known weapon of war, so that is one thing that is undeniable," said Elman. "There's also harmful traditional practices. There's also the destroyed social protection structures that were in place" but were destroyed by conflict, she adds.
Put all these factors together, she said, and "that is why rape is so indiscriminate" in Somalia.
For the first time in decades, there is reason for optimism in Somalia, thanks in part to the country's newly appointed and popular president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and increased security in much of the country.
But the plight of Somalia's women has seen little improvement.
While the center's staff has gained some idea of the number of cases of sexual violence in Mogadishu and its surrounding area, little is known about the scale of the problem further afield.
Rape in Somalia carries huge social stigma, and after the long years of conflict, there is no way of knowing how many women are suffering in silence.
When the new president was appointed last year, his public commitment to punishing those guilty of sexual offenses had an immediate impact, said Elman.
But those advances have been undone, she said, by events since.
In February, Lul Ali Osman Barake made headlines when she reported her rape at the hands of men she says were government soldiers.
They took turns raping her, she told CNN, only stopping when they thought she was dead. But when she reported the crime, it was Barake who was arrested and convicted of defaming a government institution.