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Press releases 2006

8-12-06: Unheard voices - Somali children speak out

An opinion poll conducted in May 2006 among Somali children gives voice to their dreams, aspirations and opinions. The poll initiated by UNICEF in partnership with Africa Child Policy Forum is the first of its kind in Somalia: a country that has not known peace for close to 16 years. It sampled 286 boys and 245 girls aged between 9 and17 in Merca, Belet Weyne, Bossaso and Hargeisa. See PDF below.


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1-12-06: UNICEF assists 250,000 flood-hit Somalis

UNICEF is assisting 250,000 people in urgent need of supplies, following floods that have hit Southern Somalia. Around 330,000 people have been directly affected by the floods along the Shabelle and Juba river valleys. Conditions deteriorated significantly on 10 November when heavy floods hit Belet Weyne town. In total, some 900,000 are estimated to be at risk. Press release in Word below.


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15-11-06: Floods displace thousands in Somalia

The humanitarian crisis in southern Somalia is deepening, as the Shabelle and Juba Valley river basins are potentially facing one of the worst floods in recent history. Already 50,000 people were displaced by severe floods in Hiran region over the weekend, and serious floods are ongoing in parts of Middle and Lower Juba.


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23-06-06: Renewed calm in Mogadishu helps polio eradication efforts

Recent calm allowed the humanitarian community to immunize 97% of children aged under five years in Mogadishu against polio. Some 290,406 children were immunized between 11 and 13 June, 2006 said Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Somalia Representative. Press release in pdf below.


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20-06-06: Somalia in bleakest malnutrition situation in years, say WFP and UNICEF

Recent outbreaks of fighting and the worst drought in a decade have pushed many people in Somalia to their limit creating the bleakest malnutrition situation in years, say WFP and UNICEF in a Press release issued on the Day of the African Child.


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25-05-06: UN condemns resumption of fighting in Mogadishu

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall has condemned the resumption of hostilities in Mogadishu as heavy fighting flared anew in the city. The ambassador said he was concerned at the cost to the civilian population and the wasting of opportunities to reconcile and reconstruct the country. Press release in PDF below.


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25-04-06: New malaria treatment introduced in Somalia

A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria which is one of the leading killers of children and women in the country, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.


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21-03-06: UN launches new appeal for Somalia as drought bites

A revised Humanitarian Appeal for Somalia for $326m was launched in Nairobi on 21 March 2006  by the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr Christian Balslev-Olesen, to seek additional funding to respond to the critical needs of 2.1 million people in a dire humanitarian situation that has been further aggravated by the worst drought in a decade. Press release in PDF below.


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15-03-06: Somalia launches AIDS Commission in South Central regions

The Somali Transitional Federal Government on 14 March 2006 launched the South Central AIDS Commission (SCAC) in Baidoa, South Somalia, where the Somali Transitional Federal Parliament is currently meeting. The establishment of the Somaliland AIDS Commission and the Puntland AIDS Commission in 2005 and now the SCAC means that the HIV/AIDS response is now Somali-based. Press release in PDF below.


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06-03-06: Measles campaign kicks off in central and southern Somalia

A large-scale measles campaign kicks off tomorrow aiming to vaccinate 2.5 million children against measles in Central and Southern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Health Organization announced. The campaign supported by the two organizations will take place between March and April 2006. Press release in PDF below.


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23-02-06: UN calls for respect to safety of civilians as Mogadishu flares up

As heavy fighting continued in Mogadishu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, has appealed to the leaders of the warring parties to end their hostilities and to respect the security of civilian populations caught in their crossfire. Press release in PDF below.


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14-02-06: UN calls for better access to drought-affected populations

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr Maxwell Gaylard, is appealing to local communities, political and business leaders for a general mobilization to fight the unprecedented humanitarian crisis aggravated by the worst drought in a decade. Press release in PDF below.


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31-10-06: UN Special Representative welcomes proposed meeting of Somali parliament

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG), Francois Lonseny Fall has welcomed an announcement that the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia would meet in the Central/Somalia town of Baidoa on 26 February. The scheduled meeting would be the first convening of the now 15 month-old Somali parliament inside the country. Press release in PDF below.


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20-01-06: UN Special Representative for Somalia Urges Generous Donor Response to Growing Humanitarian Crisis

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG), Francois Lonseny Fall, has appealed to international donors to respond quickly and generously to the humanitarian drought crisis now engulfing Somali communities. UN agencies have warned that 1.7 million people are in need of urgent assistance. Press release in PDF below.


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19-01-06: Approximately 1.7 million people in need of assistance in Somalia due to Humanitarian Deterioration

Following deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia following failed rains at the end of 2005, around 1.7 million Somalis are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance until June 2006, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Southern Somalia in particular faces a widespread Humanitarian Emergency. Press release in PDF below.

 


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