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Conflict, drought and displacement lead to thousands of newborn deaths in Somalia every year

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Holt



When Ubah Abdullahi went into labour five days ago in her makeshift shelter in central Somalia, she knew there was no chance of any midwife or doctor helping her out. Her family, along with thousands of others, fled their homes last year after the drought wiped out all their animals and now live hand to mouth on a dusty plain just outside the town. She had no money to spend on transport to the clinic so when she went into labour at eight in the evening – her mother in law and neighbours rallied round. After a grueling 12 hours, her daughter arrived.


Stories of children and women affected by the forced eviction in KM 13 IDP camps

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Istiila


Stories with photos, based on interviews gathered by Hassan Istiila, a Mogadishu-based freelance journalist and UNICEF Voices of Youth Blogging Intern. On 4 January 2018, Hassan visited some of the children and families affected by the recent forced eviction, which has left destruction in a score of IDP camps in KM13, Kahda District.

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