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Community discussions helping to eradicate FGM/C in Somalia

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Holt



During the large meeting of community elders, medical experts, teachers and other community members to discuss female genital mutilation/cutting, nine year old Rahmo sits gravely at the back listening carefully.

She is one of the lucky ones. Her mother Farhiyo has attended many of these meetings and talked to sheikhs and community leaders and realized that FGM/C is not part of Islam and is harmful to young girls.

UNICEF Somalia Annual Report 2017

UNICEF Somalia Annual report 2017

The devastating 2017 drought was felt throughout Somalia, and UNICEF scaled up its operations to mitigate the worst effects. As both the Gu (April/May) and the Deyr (November/December) rains failed, we saw animals die, crops fail and a huge exodus of people from their homes to makeshift camps in desperate search of assistance.

The drought led to a major outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera, while measles cases soared in the overcrowded camps. Children already weak from hunger succumbed to sickness and over a million became malnourished.

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