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2016

Mass measles vaccination campaign underway in southern Somalia
16 December 2016 - UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo, southern Somalia following a serious outbreak of measles.
>> Mexico Star
>> Reliefweb
>> UN News Centre
>> The Nation
>> Channel Africa

UNICEF turned 70 (ZDF info)
December 2016 - A report on UNICEF's work in Somaliland on ZDF info - the digital channel for ZDF the German public service television broadcaster. >> ZDF info

Measles outbreak poses new threat to children in Somalia (Medeshi news)
12 December 2016 - The cholera treatment centre at Kismayo General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Kismayo, hadn’t had any patients since the last outbreak was brought under control. But lately it has again been inundated with patients. >> Medeshi News

The baby in a plastic bag: surviving in Somalia
7 December 2016 - UNICEF's Somalia Kun Li reports on surviving motherhood and infancy in Somalia is a tenuous thing given what the country’s healthcare professionals are up against.
>> UNICEF Blog 
>> Daily Maverick 
>> The East African 
>> Ecns.cn 
>> China Daily

Barnaamij gaar ah nadaafadda Luuq (Jutland TV)
7 December 2016 - Four villages in Luuq district in Jubaland, South Somalia, (Godey, Gumuro, Holoshiid and Minyaro) were officially certified as being Open Defection Free villages.  Jubaland Telection reports on celebrations to mark that milestone. >> Watch the video

End violence against girls (Reliefweb)
5 December 2016 - Batula Sid Barakow, a former FGM practitioner explains why she is now an activist against FGM. Reliefweb >>

100 Women 2016: Somalia's fight to save childbirth mums (BBC)
5 December 2016 - For the past five years, the Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Programme (JHNP 2012-16) has been working to reduce the appalling maternal and infant mortality numbers. The multi-donor, multi-partner five year development programme, run by UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA, has made a huge difference. The BBC is featuring a film about the life- saving 24 hour emergency and obstetric and neonatal care facilities at Benadir Hospital, in Mogadishu supported by the JHNP and the work of some of the doctors and midwives there.  BBC >>

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (Horn Cable TV)
November 2016 - Reports on Somali Media about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and UNICEF-supported activities from Horn Cable TV. (YouTuber)
>> Muqdisho=Xuska Maalinta Cidhibtirka Xadgudubyada Ka Dhanka Ah Haweenka
>> Maalinta Caruurta Aduunka Oo Maanta Laga Xusay Magaalada Muqdisho

On World Toilet Day, 14 Somali villages are recognized for abandoning open defecation (Somaliland Informet)
19 November 2016 - UNICEF press release on 14 villages in Somaliland and Puntland being declared Open Defecation Free.  Somaliland Informer >> 

UNICEF Representative visits Somaliland
16 November 2016 - Reports on the visit by the UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier to Somaliland.
>> Somaliland Informer
>> Hargeisa Press

Thousands of Somali children displaced and out of school due to Galkayo fighting
15 November 2016 - UNICEF's Press release on ongoing fighting in Galkayo which has displaced more than 90,000 people including 20,000 children who can no longer go to school:
>> Reliefweb
>> Africa News
>> Xinhuanet
>> Sokolako
>> Mareeg.com
>>APO Source
>> Shafaqna South Africa
>> Somali Update

Mosquito Nets (Radio Hargeisa)
UNICEF is distributing mosquito nets across Somaliland in conjunction with the Somaliland Health Ministry. Suad Abdillahi Elmi, Malaria prevention project officer at UNICEF's partner HAVOYOCO says Hudun, Buhodle and Lughaya are the most affected districts. Radio Hargeisa radio clip [MP3] >>

Birth Registration: Dhageyso Warbixin: Diiwaangelinta Dhalashadan (Gobanimo News)
November 2016 - Birth registration is the right of every child and UNICEF is helping the Somaliland authorities to increase the number of children registered. Ifrah Adan of the Health Ministry explains more. Watch the video and read the article >>

WASH PPP: Mashruuca biyo gelinta Ah Ee Ay Hayada UNICEF Ka Wado Wajaale (Horn Cable TV)
15 November 2016 - The Deputy Governor of Gabiley region came to look at the progress of the EU funded Water and Sanitation Public Private Partnership project in Wajaale district, Somaliland. Watch the video >>

Africa’s Voices Foundation, a non-profit research organisation originating from the University of Cambridge, has been recognised for gaining insights from hard-to-reach communities living in Somalia. (MSR)
7 November 2016 - UNICEF partner Africa Voices Foundation awarded The President’s Medal by the Market Research Society (MRS) for their work with UNICEF on health through interactive programming. Read the press release >>

Burco Warka hayada Unicef Oo Soo Gabgabaysay Mahsariic ay ka hirgilisay Magaalada Burco - Youth for Change (Germany Media Production)
18 October 2016 - Since 2011, UNICEF has been implementing a youth programme together with SONYO, an umbrella youth group in Somaliland. It started with 350 youth most of came from disadvantaged background, such as street children and those involved in juvenile delinquency. They were given vocational training and enrolled in schools. To date, nearly 1000 youth, 150 of them girls, went through the programme. Watch the video>>

Idaacadda Duhurnimo (Voice of America Somali)
27 September 2016 - In Somaliland, out of the 930 head teachers, only 28 of them are female. Working together with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF has been implementing a training programme for female teachers on school management and administration. Over six months, from March to November 2016, 53 females teacher have received training. VOA Somali reports >>

JPLG: Warka Berbera Maamul Daadejinta Somaliland (SLNTV)
18 September 2016 - UNICEF is working with other UN partners on the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Service Delivery (JPLG) which is building local government capacity to provide services. The local Director of Administration and Finance in Berbera in Somaliland explains how the Joint Programme on Local Governance has helped sustaining the running of health facilities and local schools. Watch the video >>

How can Somalia protect itself against natural disasters 
"Hoe moet Somalië zich wapenen tegen natuurrampen?" (One World)
8 August 2016- UNICEF Deputy Representative Jeremy Hopkins spoke to the Dutch development website One World about the devastating effects of drought and flooding in different areas of Somalia. 
Read the full article >>

Situation Analysis of Children – A call for action to realize the rights of all Somali children
On August 1 2016 UNICEF, together with the Federal Government of Somalia, donors and partners, launched the Situation Analysis of Children in Somalia 2016. The report consists of comprehensive data and analysis on the state of Somali children, as well as recommendations crucial to support UNICEF's work of fulfilling the rights of all Somali children. Read more:
>> Anadolu Agency
>> Somaliweyn Media Centre (SMC)
>> African Press Organization (APO)
>> Goobjoog News
>> Hiiraan online

INTERVIEW-Somalia urged to pass law banning "horrendous" FGM (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
2 August 2016 -Interview with Jeremy Hopkins, deputy representative for UNICEF in Somalia on female genital mutilation (FMG). Somalia has the world's highest rate of FGM with 98 percent of women between 15 and 49 having been subjected to the potentially deadly ritual.Read more:
>> Thomson Reuters Foundation
>> The wire
>> Telesur

UNICEF calls for rights of all Somali children to be respected following 2015 Convention on the Rights of the Child ratification
28 June 2016 - UNICEF has called for work on implementing human rights for all Somali children to be prioritized after Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child last year. This comes as UNICEF publishes its annual flagship report The State of the World’s Children which this year focuses on the plight of the most disadvantaged children in the world. Read more:
>> Reliefweb
>> EIN News
>> Africa Xinhuanet
>> China.org.cn
>> Horseed Media
>> Shabelle News
>> Idaale News Online
>> Bayhabo Online
>> Somali International Television
>> Hiiraan online
>> Benaadir Weyne

Somalia: 5,000 child soldiers involved in Al-Shabab conflict, says U.N. official (Newsweek)
17 June 2016 - UNICEF Chief of Communication Susannah Price told Voice of America’s Somali service that Al-Shabab had stepped up a recruiting campaign aimed at children and that those living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as “an easy target.” Read article and watch video Also see link below.

Number of Child Soldiers in Somalia May Top 5,000, UN Reports (VOA)
16 June 2016 - The Day of the African Child on 16 June 2016 focused on - Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children's Rights. To mark the day, Susannah Price, UNICEF's Chief of Communication spoke to the Voice of America radio about the plight of children in Somalia. A story about her interview which was broadcast on the Somali service is below. Read the full articles>>

Failed rains, prolong drought pushes Somali communities to the brink
5 May 2016 - The rains have failed Hawa Ali, a pastoralist from Ethiopia, over and over again for three years straight. Before all her animals succumbed to thirst, hunger and disease, she made the decision to join other families in her village and trek to neighboring Somaliland. Read the full article: 
>> China daily
>> Somaliland Informer
>> UNICEF Connect

One year later, daughter pays tribute to mum killed in attack (The Star)
20 April 2016 - On April 20 2015, a suicide bomber blew himself up next a bus carrying staff from UNICEF Somalia in Garowe, Puntland. Four people were killed, including Woki Munyui who had been a champion of girls’ education in Somalia since 2007. Read the full article >>

Photos: Thousands may die in parched Somalia, UN warns (PBS Newshour)
5 April 2016 - In March, a veteran photographer Sebastian Rich was commissioned by UNICEF to cover the effects of the drought in Somaliland. He visited pastoral communities, met with Ethiopian refugees and mothers and their malnourished children at UNICEF-supported mobile clinic and stabilization centre. His work has been published on PBS Newshour website>>

UNICEF and WFP sound alarm on drought in northern Somalia
11 April 2016 - The Press release issued by UNICEF and the World Food Programme on stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland was reported in the international and national media:
>> Somaliland informer 
>> Voice of America
>> Hiiraam online
>> Qaran News 
>> Somaliland Press 
>> All Banaadir 

Never look back – former child soldiers crafting new lives (Chilna Daily)
12 February 2016 - Seventeen-year-old Abdi, in the blue overalls of an electrician trainee, is fixing the red and blue electrical wires hooked onto a wooden board. Not far away, one of his fellow trainees has climbed a ladder to check on the florescent light to which Abdi's wires are connected: It won't light up. Read the full article >>

Interview with Steven Lauwerier from UNICEF on issues faced by children in Somalia (TRT World)
In the lead up to the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia taking place in Istanbul on February 23 – 24, the UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier was interviewed on the international Turkish television channel TRT world the situation of children in the country.



Somaliland Measles and Birth Registration Campaign
In December 2015/January 2016 the Somaliland authorities, with UNICEF and WHO carried out a measles vaccination campaign targeting over one million children – and at the same time registered children to provide them with an official birth certificate. This joint campaign was widely covered in the Somali media:
>> VOA Somali
>> Somaliland National TV  
>> Warsuga News
>> Somaliland National Television
>> Waheen Media Group
>> BBC Somali 
>> Sanag Productions 
>>Somaliland Informer

 

 
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