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Halimo’s story - Surviving floods in Belet Weyne

UNICEF Somalia/HornConnect


When Halimo’s house was destroyed by floods, she and her four children had no choice but to move into a makeshift camp on higher ground. The camp soon became congested with hundreds of families flocking in. With a desperate shortage of clean water and sanitation facilities, Halima feared that sooner or later her children might catch deadly diseases such as diarrhoea, even cholera.


Taking the vaccines to children in hard-to-reach communities of Zeila district

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Maureen Sitenda


It took us 12 hours to navigate the rough, mountainous terrain and desert sands on the journey from Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital, to the ancient town of Zeila, capital of the district of the same name, located on Djibouti’s border. Our mission was to extend the nationwide measles vaccination campaign to Zeila district, which included numerous hard-to-reach-locations that were our priority destinations. At that time, Somaliland had registered 1,102 suspected cases of measles with anecdotal reports of serious clinical complications and even death.

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