After getting up at 5:30 this morning and reviewing the audio of the past hearing, as well as reviewing the voluminous documentary evidence on these claim types, I had limited input into the actual hearing. The hearing was concluded after some questions by the Presiding Member within one hour with a bench positive from the Member, Ms. Dhir.
Once the member accepted the identity of the claimant, the objective country condition evidence was clear and corroborative of a well founded fear of persecution. Somalia, in essence, is a failed state and with no functioning central government. There is no rule of law and the situation for women without the protection of a tribe or male relatives is especially dire.
My client had waited almost two and a half years for this day, and was understandably happy with the result.