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Voices of children: Growing up in Somalia

UNICEF Somalia/2012/Dhayi
© UNICEF Somalia/2012/Dhayi

In the central and southern parts of the country, an entire generation of Somali children has grown up without knowing peace or stability. Even in the relatively more peaceful northern regions of Somaliland and Puntland, where development efforts continue, children and women still face the prospect of a life filled with enormous challenge – long periods of drought, difficulty accessing adequate food, lack of clean water and poor access to basic social services.

Somali children tell their stories describing how it is like to be growing up in Somalia.

Through the Eyes of Somali Youth Exhibition opens in Nairobi
September 2015 - Visitors to a powerful exhibition of photographs at the United Nations headquarters in Africa are being given a unique insight into what life looks like from a Somali child’s point of view.

Somali youth use video to tell the authorities about community problems
September 2015: Earlier this year 120 students from across Somaliland made one minute, personal videos about their local communities and improvements they wanted in areas such as health, education, water and sanitation and the environment.

Photographs by Somali children provide unique insight into their priorities
August 2015: UNICEF Somalia displayed a fascinating exhibition of photographs by children at the renowned 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) held in Somaliland from 1 – 6 August 2015.

Children in Armed Conflict – stories of trauma and rehabilitation
14 July 2015 - Khadra was at a loss when her 14-year old nephew Bashir disappeared one day. As the family searched tirelessly for the boy, Khadra was inconsolable.

Somali children snap thousands of extraordinary photos of their lives with UNICEF support
16 February 2015 - Over the past two years UNICEF has provided children and youth with a unique opportunity to provide a fascinating insight into their lives. Training sessions were held in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogadishu with a professional photographer.

Pictorial: Life through the eyes of a Somali child
3 December 2013 - UNICEF Somalia organized for 400 Somali primary school children to be trained in photography and provided the cameras. In a short space of time they had taken more than 10,000 photos on various themes.

Osman, 9, Bossaso
19 July 2012 – A year after the declaration of famine in the Horn of Africa, 9-year-old Osman Adan Mohamed still faces daily hardship.

Abderahman, 13, Bossaso
30 March 2011: My name is Abderahman Hussein Morsal. I am 13 years old and attend second grade in Shabelle IDP school in Bossaso town [coastal town in Puntland, northeast Somalia].

Abdelwahab, 13, Bossaso
30 March 2011: My name is Abdelwahab Abubakr. I am 13 years old and I live in Shabelle camp for displaced people in Bossaso [coastal town in Puntland, northeast Somalia]. I live in a hut with my mother, my four sisters and two brothers.

Saido, 17, Bacaado
29 March 2011 – My name is Saido Ismael Ahmed, and I live in Bacaado, a rural area which is a long walk from Hargeisa. I am 17 years old, I am one of nine children in my family, five of my brothers and sisters are older than me and three are younger.

Kafiya, 16, Galkayo
9 March 2011: “My name is Kafiya Hassan Mohamed, and I live in Galkayo [northeast Somalia]. I am 16 years old, I have six sisters and three brothers.

Nimo, 9, Hargeisa
March 2011: “My Name is Nimo Mohamed, and I live in Sheikh Nur in Hargeisa [town]. I am 9 years old and have one older brother.

Hawa, 17, Galkayo
1 March 2011 – “My name is Hawa Hersi Mahamoud and I live in Halabooqad [IDP] settlement in Galkayo [Northeast Somalia]. I am 17 and I was born in a village called Harfo [90 km from Galkayo].



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