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World must act now to save lives in Somalia, U.N. agencies warn

UNICEF Somalia/2017/Prinsloo


As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

The drought that the northern regions have struggled with for the last year has now spread throughout Somalia, threatening an already fragile population battered by decades of conflict. Almost half the country’s population, or 6.2 million people, are either severely food insecure or in need of livelihood support.
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Teenage mum at school for the first time with her baby in her arms

UNICEF Somalia/2017


It was only after Sucdi, now nineteen, had a baby, she realized how much she wanted to learn how to read and write.
Nineteen-year-old Sucdi is now studying in a UNICEF supported, Alternative Basic Education school, her one year old at her side. The school in Kaharey village, five kilometres south of Doloow town is supported by UNICEF partner HIRDA with funding from USAID.
“How can I help children if I cannot read or write?’ she explains as her reason for starting school at this stage.

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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