Press releases 2010
29-09-10 UNICEF statement on the rights of Somali children
On the occasion of the Human Rights Council standalone discussion on Somalia, UNICEF issued a statement highlighting violations of the rights of Somali children which have been increasing over the past years, particularly with regard to the recruitment and use of children in the conflict, the killing and maiming of children and the denial of humanitarian access to children. Read more below.
EU-funded education support programme for Somalia launched
A European Union-funded programme to support Somali administrations in developing a well-structured education and training system has been launched in Northwest Somalia (“Somaliland”) and Northeast Somalia (“Puntland”). For more on the issue, please read the Press release attached in Word below.
31-07-10: Somali communities urged to promote breastfeeding
Somali communities should promote breastfeeding to ensure infants get a strong and stable start to their lives, UNICEF Representative to Somalia, Rozanne Chorlton said at the commencement of World Breastfeeding Week. The Week this year emphasizes the advantages of breastfeeding as well as the role the community and health sector can play to promote it. Read more in Press release in Word below.
15-06-2010: Long-term local and international financial support a must to deliver basic services to Somali children, says UNICEF
Children in Somalia need sustained and significant local and international financial and material support to ensure they lead a better life, UNICEF Representative in Somalia, Rozanne Chorlton, said on the occasion of the Day of the African Child marked tomorrow June 16 2010 with the theme: Planning and budgeting for children - Our collective responsibility. Press release attached in Word below.
11-05-10: UNICEF Regional Director hands over water project in Somalia
In an effort to boost access to basic services in Somalia, UNICEF is strengthening local capacity in the northeast region of the country to provide safe drinking water to children and their families. “Water is the main source of life, but it can also be a source of disease,” UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, As Sy, said as he inaugurated a water supply system.
7-05-10: After alarming rise, UNICEF calls for release of Somali child soldiers
As reports warn of an alarming rise in the recruitment of child soldiers in Somalia, UNICEF and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict are calling on all parties to put an immediate end to this criminal practice. To read more, follow the weblink below.
4-05-2010: Statement from UNICEF’s Executive Director and the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict on the recruitment of child soldiers in Somalia
UNICEF’s Executive Director and the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict say they are appalled to learn that the recruitment and use of children as soldiers by armed groups in Somalia is rising and say that all parties to the conflict are involved, and in some cases children as young as nine years old are being recruited. Read statement in Word below.
25-04-10: Malaria risk in Somalia declines by over 50 per cent
On the occasion of World Malaria Day, UNICEF says new research it has commissioned into estimates of malaria transmission in Somalia indicates a major decline in risk from the disease from 2005 to 2009 of 50 per cent. Read Press release attached in Word below.