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18-12-07: UNICEF Executive Director speaks on state of children in Somalia

An estimated 1.5 million children in Somalia are in dire need of humanitarian assistance as some of the worst fighting in decades devastates the country. For more on the issue follow the link: UNICEF Executive Director speaks on state of Somali children.

11-12-07: Somali girl yearns for peace and to be a pilot

At the launch of the 2008 Consolidated Appeal Process for Somalia, a video highlighting the voices of children shows a young girl who wants to be a pilot. "I would like to go to school and become a pilot," said Fartoun Ibrahim, 14. " I am asking the world to help us." Read more in the press release in Word below.


7-12-07: UNICEF appeals for access to health services

UNICEF has appealed to warring factions in Mogadishu to reduce the impact of conflict on children and women by allowing access across checkpoints to those in need of medical attention. For more information read the link: UNICEF appeals for checkpoint access to health services in Mogadishu.

5-12-07: UNICEF immunises 100,000 children and women in southern Somalia

About 47,600 children aged less than five years and 56,000 women in southern Somalia receive critical lifesaving health interventions from UNICEF. For more on the issue read the link: UNICEF immunises 100,000 children and women in southern Somalia.

16-11-07: UNICEF assisting children and women displaced from Mogadishu

Despite security and access limitations, UNICEF is working with partners to assist newly-displaced people from Mogadishu. For more on the issue read the link: UNICEF assisting children and women newly-displaced from Mogadishu.

21-09-2007 UNICEF encouraged by Mogadishu Meeting on Humanitarian Access

The Somali Government has appealed to the United Nations to help the affected Populations in Somalia.  Issues that require immediate attention are security and access to humanitarian aid for tens of thousands displaced by the ongoing insurgence in Somalia.  Please see Press release in Word attached below.


12-09-2007 UNICEF warns of Critical Levels of Malnutrition amongst Somali Children

UNICEF and its partners estimate that 83,000 children in central and southern Somalia suffer from malnutrition - 13,500 of whom are severely malnourished and are at risk of dying.  Please see Press release in word attached below.


03-09-2007 UNICEF hails USAID donation of US$3.9 million for the forgotten children of Somalia

UNICEF has received US$3.9 million from the United States Agency for International Development to ensure that children in Somalia continue having access to basic social services.  Please see Press release in Word attached.


03-08-07: UNICEF calls for protection of Somali children

UNICEF distressed at the impact of violence on children in Mogadishu calls for their protecton. For more on the issue read the link: UNICEF calls for protection of Somalia's children.

18-7-07: Somali religious leaders join fight against polio

Forty religious leaders from Northeast Somalia ('Puntland') and forty religious leaders from Northwest Somalia ('Somaliland') have signed declarations of support for polio prevention and immunization. Press release in Word attached below.


08-03-07: Empower women to secure prosperity in Somalia, says UNICEF

Communities in Somalia should be empowered to access knowledge and social services to ensure better livelihoods for women, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Christian Balslev-Olesen said on the occasion of International Women’s Day today. “Sustained efforts to provide knowledge, services and economic benefits are the best way to guarantee women a better future,”  he said. Press release in Word below.


13-02-07: Despite insecurity UN responds to flood-related disease outbreak in Central Somalia

Despite insecurity in Central/Southern Somalia, the UN is continuing to respond to the needs of people affected by an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, the consequence of recent flooding in the area. Though the flood water is receding, stagnant and contaminated water sources have provided a breeding ground for disease-causing organisms. Read more in the Press release attached in Word below.  


06-02-07: UN decries deaths of children in Mogadishu conflict

Forces involved in the Somalia conflict must engage in dialogue to avoid deaths of children and innocent civilians as happened last week when three children were killed in Mogadishu, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Christian Balslev-Olesen said on Monday, 5 February 2007. The security situation in Mogadishu has recently deteriorated. Press release in Word below. 


12-01-07: End the suffering of Somali children, say bodies

Peace and stability are urgently needed in Somalia to end the suffering of thousands of Somali children affected by the recent conflict, UNICEF and Save the Children UK said in a press release issued today. They said children have been victims of recent conflict and have featured prominently in fighting as active combatants. For more on the issue, read attached Press release in Word..


4-01-07: UNICEF calls for immediate end to Somali conflict

Children and women in Somalia are suffering from the violent conflict that has erupted in parts of the country, UNICEF said in a Press release issued on 22 December 2006 as it called for an immediate end to the fighting. Read more in Press release in Word below.




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