UNICEF Somalia Newsletter
In 2016, a severe drought, following four successive seasons of below-average rains and exacerbated by El Niño, hit parts of Somaliland and Puntland. An estimated 1.7 million people were affected, including 385,000 who needed immediate assistance. At the same time, in central southern regions, acute watery diarrhoea and cholera cases increased sharply as a result of floods.
There is now a strong chance La Niña – El Niño’s flip side – could lead to a drought further south. UNICEF, together with our partners, such as WFP, will continue to respond to the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and families affected by these dramatic weather patterns.
In April, we marked the one year anniversary of the Garowe attack, in which four of colleagues - Payenda Gul Abed, Brenda Kyeyune, Woki Munyui and Stephen Oduor - lost their lives. Commemorations were held in Hargeisa, Garowe, Mogadishu and Nairobi, where UNICEF and the UN family came together to pay tribute to them and all the colleagues who died over the years while working for the children and women of Somalia.
This newsletter presents you with some of the biggest challenges facing Somali children and what UNICEF is doing to address the continuing crisis.
Read the latest UNICEF Somalia newsletter in PDF below.