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Somalia, February 2016: A displaced family in Baidoa talk about their lives

© UNICEF Somalia/2015/Sebastian Rich

This family – headed by Habiba Abdullahi Hussein – have been living in Gadid camp for the internally displaced in southern Somalia, for several years. They moved here after Habiba’s husband was killed. They are among the 1.1 million IDPs in Somalia – many of whom live in basic shelters in camps like these.
 

© UNICEF Somalia/2015/Sebastian Rich

Habiba who is 29 provides for her two daughters and a son by washing or cleaning for other families outside the camp near Baidoa. “We used to have a farm. After my husband was killed by the militia, we came here, leaving our farm behind. Life here is a struggle. I go to the market early in the morning, looking for work – washing or cleaning for other families. Sometimes I get something, sometimes I don't and come home empty handed.”
 

© UNICEF Somalia/2015/Sebastian Rich

Muslima Mohamed Ahmed aged 10 is Habiba’s eldest daughter. She attends a makeshift school in the camp. “I want to have enough food, a good education and good health. I want to graduate from university one day.”
 

 

 
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