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Thanking our Young Change Makers

Mohamed Abdiwali Otaanga

Blog by Fatima Abdi Ali, Somali Youth Ambassador, Somali Youth Vision

It may sound strange – but being a young person in Somalia today is a golden opportunity. It is the youth who have the chance to re-build a country which suffered years of war - where every sector of life needs change makers, peace promoters, scientists, entrepreneurs and fresh young leaders who are full of positive energy.

Proud mother builds first latrine in village to safeguard her children’s health

UNICEF Somalia/2016


Nishey, who lives in rural South West Somalia, became very concerned that her three children were constantly sick with diarrhoea and realized it was because everyone in their village defecated in the open. So she has now become the first household in Luuq Qudey village in Gedo to build a latrine with a place to wash hands. This followed a meeting with a local NGO Somalia Humanitarian Relief Action who discussed the importance of latrines for the whole community.

Going on Tahriib - The causes and consequences of Somali youth migration to Europe

Going to Tahriib




Going on Tahriib is a UNICEF-commissioned study on youth migration and its devastating effects on families in Puntland and Somaliland where young people regularly embark on the hazardous journey to Europe via Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, known as ‘going on tahriib. Tahriib involves human smugglers who offer deferred payment schemes to encourage migrants to leave on the perilous journey where they face being held for ransom, abuse and even death in the desert and at sea. The study was managed by the Rift Valley Institute and written by Nimo-ilhan Ali of the School of African and Oriental Studies University of London.

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