UNICEF Somalia Newsletter
In the second half of 2016, Somalia continued to respond the ongoing drought in Puntland and Somaliland, which has now spread into central and southern regions. Nearly 100,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were treated through UNICEF-supported nutritional programmes, and 54,000 children were immunized in an emergency campaign following a measles outbreak in Kismayo. In November a joint immunization and birth registration campaign was carried out in Somaliland during which nearly 600,000 children were vaccinated against polio and over 55,000 children were registered.
In August, UNICEF launched The Situation Analysis of Children in Somalia, an in-depth analytical report about the state of Somali children and women today. Going on Tahriib, a report commissioned by UNICEF, provided some fascinating insights into why young Somalis are so willing to risk their lives trying to get to Europe.
Renowned Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, together with writers around the world including 40 aspiring young Somali bloggers, contributed to the Tiny Story campaign under the theme "what I want for every child", to mark UNICEF’s 70th anniversary.
This newsletter presents you with some of the biggest challenges facing Somali children and what UNICEF is doing to address the continuing crisis.
Read the latest UNICEF Somalia newsletter in PDF below.