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Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent

UNICEF Somalia/2017/Holt




The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.

Severely malnourished children are nine times more likely to die of killer diseases like cholera / acute watery diarrhea and measles, which are spreading. During the 2011 famine in Somalia that killed an estimated 260,000 – over half of them young children – the main causes of death among children were diarrhea and measles.
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Drought forces women and children to make perilous journey to camps for displaced

UNICEF Somalia/2017/Elmi


The prolonged drought in Somalia has led to over 740,000 people leaving their homes in desperate search of food and water – with the vast majority of them women and children.

Many of them come to the sprawling settlement known as KM13 on the outskirts of Mogadishu. UNICEF supports a health and nutrition centre just outside one settlement for those displaced known as Sablale 1.

Going on Tahriib - The causes and consequences of Somali youth migration to Europe

Going to Tahriib




Going on Tahriib is a UNICEF-commissioned study on youth migration and its devastating effects on families in Puntland and Somaliland where young people regularly embark on the hazardous journey to Europe via Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, known as ‘going on tahriib. Tahriib involves human smugglers who offer deferred payment schemes to encourage migrants to leave on the perilous journey where they face being held for ransom, abuse and even death in the desert and at sea. The study was managed by the Rift Valley Institute and written by Nimo-ilhan Ali of the School of African and Oriental Studies University of London.

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