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A father’s agonizing vigil at a Cholera Treatment Centre in Southern Somalia

UNICEF Somalia/2017/Makundi


Three-year-old Nur Ismail fights for his life at the Cholera Treatment Centre at Baidoa Regional Hospital, where he was admitted with severe Acute Watery Diahorrea/cholera while his father watches him, wondering if he waited too long to bring him in.
The Treatment Centre is packed with adults and children emaciated with sunken eyes, all groaning in pain. Nur’s father, Hassan Ismail sits next to his son’s bed, desperately watching him for any sign of improvement.

A struggle for water in drought-stricken Somaliland

UNICEF Somalia/2017/Holt


Driving through Somaliland, the dusty scrub land, low acacia trees and finger-like termite mounds seem to stretch on endlessly. Occasionally there are small herds of goats or sheep, sometimes a carcass – but no wildlife and the driver tells me he misses listening to the birds. Somaliland, like the rest of Somalia, has been suffering from a blistering drought. And we are travelling through the centre of Somaliland, on the road from Burao to Ainabo, to see how people are surviving. 

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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