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Story of Zakariya - High malnutrition rate continue to threat the lives of children, especially among the displaced





For days, little Zakariya Abdullahi, 2, had had high fever and been losing weight rapidly, right under the eyes of his mother. His family, like millions of other displaced people, struggled to make ends meet. The only thing they had to eat was a little bit of milk and porridge every day. “I lost hope when I saw his condition deteriorating,” recalled the mother. “I thought he would never get better.”

Zakariya’s mother decided to bring him to the nearby nutrition centre operated by UNICEF partner, Somali Young Doctors’ Association in their camp, located in an area called Daynille on the outskirt of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Asha’s story - A journey to safety and a start to education

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Hashi


Asha Abdulahi Jama was two years old when her mother died. She is now nine and has lived through more warfare, loss and displacement than most people experience in a lifetime. In August 2018, fighting broke out between government forces and rebel militias in her hometown of Bulo-Burde, Hiran Region, central Somalia, forcing Asha and her family to flee. They came first to Buqda, then to Beletweyne.

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