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Failed rains, prolong drought pushes Somali communities to the brink

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The rains have failed Hawa Ali, a pastoralist from Ethiopia, over and over again for three years straight. Before all her animals succumbed to thirst, hunger and disease, she made the decision to join other families in her village and trek to neighbouring Somaliland. Putting the children on donkeys, Hawa and her villagers  walked for 30 days to reach Lughaya, a coastal town in Somaliland. Along the way, more animals died, and eventually there were no more donkeys left to carry the children. The group decided to stop. They came here because they thought there would be pasture and aid. But they couldn’t find either - Somaliland was also gripped by drought.

UNICEF Somalia staff pay a united tribute on the one year anniversary of the deadly Garowe attack

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The staff from UNICEF Somalia came together to commemorate a day of mourning, a year after the devastating suicide attack in Garowe, Puntland, north eastern Somalia in which four colleagues died and five others were wounded. The meeting opened with a pre-recorded tribute from the UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Read the Executive Director's tribute >>


Remembering my mom: Woki Munyui, UNICEF Somalia Education specialist

Family of Woki Munyui

On April 20 2015, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a bus carrying staff from UNICEF Somalia in Garowe, Puntland. Four people were killed, including Woki Munyui who had been a champion of girls’ education in Somalia since 2007. Here her daughter Ivy Mokua shares memories of her late mother, and how she has been dealing with the tragic loss.

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