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14-12-05: Stability in Somalia will help focus attention on ‘invisible’ children says UNICEF

On the occasion of the launch of The State of the World Children Report 2006, UNICEF Somalia has today issued a Press Release titled: Stability in Somalia will help focus attention on 'invisible' children, says UNICEF. Read a story related to the Press release on the UNICEF Somalia website at the link:

The Press release is attached in Word below.


14-12-05: Humanitarian appeal launched for Somalia to address needs of most vulnerable populations

A humanitarian appeal was launched today in Nairobi by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Maxwell Gaylard, appealing for almost US$ 174,000,000 to address the urgent and critical humanitarian needs of the country’s most vulnerable populations, an estimated one million, including 345,000 people in a state of acute food and livelihood crisis. Press release in PDF below.

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01-12-05: HIV infection in Somalia can be kept low says UN.
On World AIDS Day 2005, the UN in Somalia says that Somalia still has an opportunity to be one of the few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to avert an HIV/AIDS epidemic of major proportions.  Press release in Word below.

24-11-05: Communities key to ending Female Genital Cutting in Somalia - UNICEF.

Following the launch of the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre global report, Changing A Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, UNICEF Somalia has today issued a Press release titled:  Communities key to ending Female Genital Cutting in Somalia.  Below are the Press release (in Word) and a feature story (in PDF) titled: Former Somali circumciser promotes abandonment of FGM/C.

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22-09-05: Polio campaign starts in Mogadish to curb new outbreak.

Following the identification of two polio cases in Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today jointly launched a three-day emergency polio immunization campaign in Mogadishu. The two cases are the first to be identified in Somalia since October 2002. Press release is in Word below.


16-09-05: Somaliland launches HIV/AIDS Commission.
Hargeisa, Somaliland, 16 September 2005 - Somaliland  yesterday launched a National AIDS Commission which aims to increase and improve strategies for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the treatment, care and support of those infected and affected. The event was led by the President of Somaliland, Dahir Rayale Kahin. Press release in PDF below.
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13-09-05: Control of UN compound in Jowhar returned.
Nairobi, 13 September 2005 – Control of the UNICEF compound in Jowhar, Somalia has been returned to the UN. The Chairman of the Middle Shabelle Administration Mohamed Omar Habeb aka Mohamed Dere handed the keys to UN national staff earlier today. The national staff had been denied access to the compound from Sunday 11 September 2005. Press release in PDF below.
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19-07-05: UNICEF & UN-HABITAT collaborate on $1.3 million project to provide shelter for Tsunami - affected inhabitants of Somalia.
UNICEF and UN-HABITAT are to collaborate on a $1.3 million project to provide shelter for Tsunami - affected inhabitants of Hafun, Northeast Somalia.  The project will plan, relocate and reconstruct some 400 housing units, public buildings and sanitation facilities. Press release in Word below. Listen to UNICEF Somalia Senior Programme Officer Siddharth Chatterjee speak to the Voice of America.

15-06-05: Somalia launches emergency polio immunization campaign.
On 17 June, Somalia will launch a nationwide polio immunization campaign, to urgently protect the country's children. Somalia has been polio-free since October 2002. The campaign comes as WHO warns of a threat of reinfection from neighbouring countries. The campaign supported by WHO and UNICEF will see thousands of people go house-to-house to hand-deliver the vaccine to children under five years.

15-06-05: UNICEF resumes activities in Northeast Somalia.
Following nearly three weeks of suspended operations, UNICEF has with immediate effect resumed activities in Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’) UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, announced in Nairobi, Kenya. The decision was taken after discussions between the UNICEF Representative and Puntland President Mohamud Muse Hirsi in Nairobi.

27-05-05: UNICEF suspends activities in Somali region hit by Tsunami. Press release on the issue in Word below.

Effective Thursday, 26 May 2005, UNICEF suspended its operations through its office in Bossaso, Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’).  In the past, death threats have been made against some UNICEF Bossaso-based international staff requiring their relocation to Nairobi. The most recent threats were issued earlier this month against an international staff member.  


06-04-05: UNICEF lauds Somali leader's pledge to pay primary school teachers. Press release in Word below.

UNICEF has praised a pledge by the President of Puntland (Northeast Somalia) Mohamud Muse Hirsi “Adde” to inaugurate salary payments for primary school teachers.Some 200 teachers stand to benefit from the move which will mark a major break from the norm in Somalia where, traditionally parents have borne full responsibility for payment of teachers. Puntland is a semi-autonomous state in Somalia.


31-01-05: EC and UNICEF join hands to support education in Somalia. Press release in Word below.

Education prospects for Somali children are to benefit from a European Commission grant of 4.5 million euros, says UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch. The funds will promote pupil enrolment and quality teaching and learning over a two year period. Part of the funds will be used in a back to school campaign. Listen to UNICEF Somalia Education Officer Noel Ihebuzor speak on the issue.



10-01-05: UNICEF support gives relief to Somalia Tsunami victims. Press release in Word below.

UNICEF is assisting 12,000 people in the villages of Hafun, Gara’g, Bender Beyla and Eyl on the north-eastern coastline of Somalia. In Hafun half of the homes were destroyed. '' UNICEF has provided shelter materials, clean water and medical care,’’ said UNICEF Somalia Emergency Officer, Bob McCarthy by SatPhone interview from Hafun. Listen below to the interview conducted today, 10 January 2005.


04-01-05: US Government assists Tsunami victims in somalia. US embassy Press release in Word below.



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