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Huge measles campaign in drought-hit Somalia aims to protect children and save lives

UNICEF Somalia/2018



A nationwide campaign continues in Somalia to protect millions of children against the potentially deadly effects of measles. WHO, UNICEF, national and local health authorities aim to reach more than 4.7 million children aged from six months to 10 years during the overall campaign. 

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Journey to the house of peace

UNICEF Somalia/HornConnect

When Amina found out that she was pregnant, all she could feel was shame. She thought about finding a place to give birth, then abandoning the baby.

“I was raped by two men back home,” says Amina. “I couldn’t stand the shame when I learned that I was pregnant. I ran away from home and came to Mogadishu.”

While living in a camp for the internally displaced persons, Amina met girls who were going to a centre where they were taught vocational skills. “I told them my story and they advised me to go with them, so I did.”

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