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31-12-08: Innovative approach to prevent child malnutrition launched in Somalia

UNICEF has introduced a new emergency nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition in over 100,000 of the most vulnerable children in Somalia.  ‘Plumpy’doz’ is the latest generation of ready-to-use food designed to satisfy the nutritional needs of young children aged 6 to 36 months.


24-12-08: Largest ever, life saving campaign to reach 1.5 million Somali children

Over 1.5 million children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age across the entire country of Somalia will benefit from a package of preventive care that will be delivered in local communities starting today.


4-11-08: UNICEF deplores stoning of child rape victim

The UN Children's Agency, UNICEF, has described last week's stoning of a 13 year old Somali girl as 'deplorable.' The girl, Aisha Duhulow, was stoned to death in a stadium of spectators in Kismayo on 27 October 2008. For more on the issue, read Press relese in PDF below.

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24-10-08: Somaliland releases 104 children from prison

104 children aged 15–18 have been released from eight prisons in Somaliland (Northwest Somalia). This event follows the enactment of the new Juvenile Justice Law for Somaliland in April 2008. For more on the issue, read attached Press release in PDF below.

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18-09-08: Despite insecurity, UNICEF measles campaign in Somalia reaches over 142,000

142,654 children between the ages of nine months and 15 years were vaccinated against measles in the latest campaign carried out in Mogadishu and Afgoye Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Central Somalia between 27 August and 4 September 2008. For more on the issue, read Press release attached in Word below.


10-09-08: UN and NGOs condemn attacks on Somali students, teachers and schools

UN and humanitarian aid agencies working together to support education in crisis-affected areas of Somalia have condemned recent attacks on students, teachers and schools in Mogadishu. The comments from agencies working together in the ‘Education Cluster for Somalia’, come in response to the recent upsurge of such incidents.  For more on the issue, read attached Press release in PDF below.

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22-08-08: Children most affected by conflict in Belet Weyne

The recent conflict in the town of Belet Weyne (Hiran Region, Central Somalia) calls for urgent and strengthened humanitarian response, UNICEF said today. Over the past several weeks, fighting has intensified in Belet Weyne between the Ethiopian forces and anti-government elements, causing massive displacement and civilian casualties. Read more in attached Press release in Word below.


12-08-08: Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia, says UNICEF

Youth can help curb effects of climate change in Somalia by sharing knowledge, mobilizing communities and taking action to implement improved environmental conservation and agricultural practices, UNICEF said today on the occasion of International Youth Day. For more on the issue, read Press release attached in Word below.


31-07-08: UNICEF deplores escalating violence affecting children in Somalia

UNICEF is deeply concerned about the impact of escalating violence on the lives and welfare of children in Somalia. The United Nations has received reports of more than one hundred and fifty children killed or injured through indiscriminate shelling, bombings and cross-fire in the past one year alone. For more on the issue, read Press release attached in Word below.


24-07-08: UNICEF provides nutritional services for Somali children

While security conditions continue to deteriorate particularly in the Southern parts of Somalia, UNICEF and partners completed the second round of distributing UNIMIX- food supplement rich with vitamins and minerals- to 54,000 under-five children in the IDP camps of Afgoye Corridor and Mogadishu. Read more in Press release attached in Word below.


1-7-08: Clay Aiken lauds UNICEF's work in Somalia

Following a five-day visit to north-west Somalia (the self-declared republic of ‘Somaliland’) in June 2008, UNICEF Ambassador, Clay Aiken, is moved by the work that UNICEF is doing under challenging circumstances. For more on the issue, read press release attached below in Word.


14-05-08: UNICEF feeds 44,000 children in Somalia

Amid worsening drought conditions, soaring food prices and mass displacement of people due to conflict, UNICEF has started supplementary feeding for 44,000 children under five years of age along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor in Central and Southern Somalia. For more information, read press release in Word below.



25-04-08: Proper diagnosis and treatment key to malaria control in Somalia, says UNICEF

With an estimated 700,000 cases annually, malaria is a major public health problem in Somalia. For effective control of the disease it is crucial for diagnosis and treatment to be available, UNICEF Representative in Somalia Christian Balslev-Olesen said today on the occasion of World Malaria Day. For more on the issue read press release attached in Word below.


20-03-08: Adequate sanitation the key to curbing cholera in Somalia

On the occasion of International Water Day, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen, highlights a known truth - suspected cholera outbreaks do not have to occur in Somalia on a periodic basis. The cycle can be broken through proper disposal of human waste, the use of latrines and hand washing with soap.Press release in Word below.


10-03-08: Centre provides relief from chronic malnutrition

News background: A young boy's tale of recovery at a feeding centre in Jowhar, Central Somalia, provides optimism that the battle against malnutrition can be won. For more on the issue read the link: Centre provides relief from chronic malnutrition.

10-03-08: Tent schools help displaced children to learn

News background: Along the Afgoye road to Mogadishu, temporary schools in tents provided by UNICEF are providing young Somalis with a sense of normalcy to enable them continue learning. For more on the issue read: Temporary schools bring a sense of normalcy to young Somalis displaced by conflict.

07-03-08: Girls' education will shape progress in Somalia, says UNICEF

As the world marks International Women's Day, UNICEF says that though enrolment of girls in schools in Somalia has increased three-fold in the last decade, more still needs to be done because only one in four girls is getting a primary education. For Somalia to make progress, this situation needs to change says Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Somalia Representative. Press release in Word below.


12-02-08: UNICEF appeals for urgent funding for Somali children

With close to two million Somalis in need of emergency humanitarian assistance, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen says funding shortfalls will have a devastating impact on the organization's ability to save lives. Read more in the press release below in Word.




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