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UNICEF and WFP Representatives see joint assistance for Somalis suffering effects of drought
23 February 2017 - Two years of failed rains in Puntland have led to a drought affecting one million people particularly pastoralists who rely on water for their livestock.

AWD/Cholera awareness raising among children
22 February 2017 - An outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea/Cholera has affected more than 4000 people, mostly children, in Somalia since the start of the year.

Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

World must act now to save lives in Somalia, U.N. agencies warn
MOGADISHU, 17 February 2017 – As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

Little Munasar suffers as his family move to escape the drought
17 February 2017- As our plane approached the gravel landing strip in Beletweyene, in central Somalia, I could see dried up river beds, shrivelled shrubs and parched land. And all too soon we saw the terrible effect the drought is having on children here.

Sharp increase in number of people suffering from Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Southern Somalia
30 January 2017: Hundreds of people, mainly women and children, suffering from Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) have been treated in hospitals and health centres in central and southern Somalia.

Drought forces parents to choose which children to feed as they flee their village
24 January 2017 - The drought in southern Somalia is having a devastating effect on families as I saw for myself in the border town of Dollow where large numbers are arriving in the camps for the displaced or crossing into refugee camps in Ethiopia.

Severe drought kills animals and forces Somali families to flee
December, 2016 - Seventy-eight year old Mohammed Idle wearily gets down from a truck that brought him and his 16 emaciated cattle over 500 kilometres west from his home district in search of water. But it was too late for some of his animals.

In time of drought, Somali families forced to separate to stay alive
8 December 2016 – Sitting in front of her new home – a hut put up with dried branches and covered with rugs - Khadija Muuse, 70, sings about a family forced to be apart.

Family forced to flee their home by drought ends up in a crowded camp
December 2016 - Asha Adan and her family depended on their flock of sheep and goats for survival until the prolonged drought in Somaliland killed most of them. As a desperate measure,

UNICEF partners provide grieving family with support
7 December 2016 - Kowar and her three children will never forget the evening when Al Shabaab fighters who controlled their village knocked on the door. After they took her husband outside and killed him, Kowar suffered a breakdown.

Continued fighting forces a Somali mother to walk 24 kilometres a day with her children to find work
14 November 2016 - An upsurge in fighting in central Somalia has forced more than 90,000 people to flee their homes and take refuge in nearby towns and villages.

UNICEF health centre in Puntland sees spike in malnourished children due to drought
9 November 2016 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, visited the UNICEF-supported Gambol Health Centre in Garowe, Puntland today where he met Puntland's Minister of Health, Dr. Abdinasir Osman Isse.

Children living in camps for those forced to flee their homes suffer from life threatening malnutrition
20 October 2016: Mohamed Aden Haji Omar, does not stop crying as he is carefully weighed at a Health Centre at Hamar Jabjab district, south Mogadishu. He is severely malnourished and has medical complications.

A shallow well brings health and happiness to thousands of displaced people Mogadishu
October 2016 - Life at the makeshift Sadaraha camp in Mogadishu for those forced to flee fighting and drought in their home areas is always a struggle. But when the only pump at the well broke down - it had a devastating effect on the 800 families.

UNICEF saves the lives of 50,000 children this year thanks to EU humanitarian funding and other partners
October 2016 – Seven month old Abdirahmani Ahmed Ali crawls past the queue at the health centre at full speed with his teenage mother, Fowsiya proudly following after him behind.

How emptying latrines in Mogadishu camps saves lives
20 October 2016 - The 4,000 residents of a makeshift camp in Mogadishu faced a threat to their lives and health they could do nothing about. There was no space in the camp to build any new latrines and the existing ones were overflowing.

UNICEF joins mission to see life in a town under siege
September 2016 - UNICEF joined a joint mission with the WFP and representatives from the regional government (the Interim South West Administration) to the town of Dinsor region to investigate conditions over a year after the military left.

Failed rains, prolong drought pushes Somali communities to the brink
29 April 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 and trek to Somaliland.

UNICEF and WFP respond to needs of drought-affected people in Somaliland and Puntland
11 April 2016 – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

Drought in northern Somalia forces families to travel long distances in search of water
March 2016: Halima’s family have been on the move desperate to find water as the drought in Puntland gets worse. In October Halima Elmi, her husband and eight children left their home area of Karkar because the October – December rains had failed.

Early warning means quick response to El Nino rains in Somalia
December 2015 - Khadijo Amburre Nurre never imagined the day would come when she would have to sleep in a tiny tent with her five children. Silently, she sits cooking outside her patched up makeshift tent in the crowded backstreets of Mogadishu.

$60 a month transforms the lives of a desperate family
3 November 2015 - Last year 75-year-old Mohamed Hassan Dhoore, was in despair about how he would support his family after he became disabled due to a stroke and high blood pressure.

UNICEF uses emergency airlifts to save the lives of children in areas unreachable by road
15 September 2014 - Amid a changing security situation in Somalia, UNICEF and other UN agencies are using all means possible to bring life-saving supplies to families cut off from the outside world for months or years.

Aid trickles into Somalia's drought hit Baidoa region as militant group Al-Shabaab moves out
3 August 2012 - Until just three weeks ago, Nuriya Moallim and her family of nine children and grandchildren had managed to stay in their village in southern Somalia. Despite the failed rains and the drought of 2011, they persevered.

Fuel efficient stoves help protect girls and women from sexual violence
25 July 2012 – Girls and women in Mogadishu say that they are at greatest risk of sexual violence while they are collecting firewood. Children between ages 5 and 14 are at especially high risk, as they are the age group mostly assigned to this task.

Field Diary: Recovering from a brush with death in Somalia
25 July 2012 – In September 2011, two months after famine was officially declared in the Horn of Africa by the United Nations, I was in the southern region of Somalia – the hardest-hit area.

Field Diary: A mourning mother in Mogadishu
23 July 2012 – At 50 years old, Kaltuumo Abdi Ibrahim left her life behind. She came to the capital from Dahar Village, where she had been an agro-pastoral farmer, after the drought killed her animals and crops.

One year after the declaration of famine, Somalia sees signs of progress
UNICEF correspondent Susannah Price reports on signs of progress seen in Somalia as UNICEF Emergency Specialist Maulid Warfa visits schools, a refugee camp and a medical centre.

One year after Somalia's famine, a story of recovery
UNICEF correspondent Susannah Price reports on the recovery of Ismail Mohamed in Mogadishu, one year after the declaration of famine in parts of Somalia.

FIELD DIARY: Reaching the last quintile in remote areas of Somalia
Field diary written by UNICEF Emergency Specialist who recently visited remote locations in central Somalia as part of a UNICEF team on a WASH monitoring mission in responce to the current drought.

Communities learn about their civil rights and demand better governance and services
Mr. Abdulkadir Nur, member of Garowe district council, recounts how he has seen changes in people’s attitude towards local governance in comparison to his earlier years as a civil servant.

Hawa Aden Mohamed: a woman of courage
For over 20 years Hawa Aden Mohamed, educationalist, peace activist and human rights campaigner, has worked to improve the lives of Somali women and girls.

UNICEF and Japan support education for vulnerable Somali children
When Hibaq, 14, was a baby, her family returned here to Somaliland, settling in a camp for displaced people 12 km from the city of Burao.

Field diary: More efforts needed to help Somali families survive and thrive
BOSSASO and GAROWE, Somalia, 1 September 2010 - UNICEF Chief of the Child Survival Programme in Somalia Dr. Osamu Kunii recently visited the country’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland and filed the following first-hand report...

UNICEF Representative visits national staff delivering for children in Somalia
Nairobi, 25 June 2010: UNICEF Representative to Somalia Rozanne Chorlton recently returned from a mission to Mogadishu, the conflict-affected country’s capital city. Her firsthand account follows...

Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan reflects on visit to Somalia
March 2010: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan – a renowned Asian pop singer, doctor of education and TV personality – has made more than a dozen trips to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East on behalf of UNICEF. Recently she visited Somalia...

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director urges stepped-up response to crisis in Somalia.
NAIROBI, Kenya, 19 November 2009: Time is running out for children in Somalia. The number of people affected by hunger and severe food insecurity has doubled in the last year to more than 3.6 million. Almost half are children...

Funding shortfalls may threaten critical humanitarian assistance in Somalia
NEW YORK, USA, 21 October 2009: UNICEF officials worry that funding shortfalls may threaten the humanitarian assistance activities that are urgently needed for roughly 3.6 million people in Somalia, including for 1.4 million affected by severe drought...

UN report finds crisis in Somalia at its worst in two decades
NEW YORK, USA, 26 August 2009: A new report confirms a stark picture of the situation facing children and families in Somalia, where UNICEF has been stymied in its efforts to slow a surge in malnutrition in parts of the country most affected by...

Aid reaches some displaced families as fighting continues in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia, 9 July 2009: As battles between government forces and armed groups continue to rock Mogadishu, more families are being driven out of their homes in search of safety every day. Over 200,000 of the city's residents have been displaced...

Occupation of UNICEF Somalia base hinders vital interventions
NEW YORK, USA, 24 June 2009: The Somali militia group Al Shabaab is still occupying the UNICEF base in Jowhar town, nearly six weeks after taking it over on 17 May. Jowhar is UNICEF’s main hub for the southern and central regions of Somalia...

UNICEF UK Ambassador Martin Bell reports on the situation in Somalia
BOSSASO, Somalia, 22 May 2009: Martin Bell, former BBC war correspondent and current UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, recently concluded a three-day trip to northeast Somalia to report on the situation of children and women...

UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes visits projects in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 4 March 2009: UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes Louis-Georges Arsenault has returned from a visit to Somalia, where he saw firsthand the situation of children and women, and efforts to provide them with life-saving aid...

UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken visits Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 July 2008: During a five-day visit to the self-declared republic of Somaliland in north-west Somalia, UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken was moved by the work that UNICEF is doing under challenging circumstances...

Camp in Baidoa is home to IDPs
December 2006: For over 15 years many Somalis fleeing conflict in the capital, Mogadishu settled in the town of Baidoa in southern Somalia, establishing a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs), which has become known as Bay Project 1 or BP1...

Floods put Southern Somalia under threat
November 2006: The humanitarian crisis in southern Somalia is deepening, as the Shabelle and Juba Valley river basins are potentially facing one of the worst floods in recent history. Already 50,000 people were displaced by floods in Hiran region...

Somali town welcomes aid from ShelterBox
August 2006: Leaders in Merka have thanked ShelterBox, a UK organization for donating tents to families in internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps. Speaking to representatives of ShelterBox in late July...

Faces of UNICEF - Diaspora to Somalia
March 2006: “I decided to return to a place that was virtually unknown to me,” says Fadumo Qasim Dayib as she narrates her decision to return to Somalia 15 years after she left as a teenage girl...

Emergency - New school rises from the Tsunami
December 2005: Like an oasis, the new primary school in Hafun is a welcome sight amid the devastation still evident almost one year after the Indian Ocean tsunami...

Emergency - In Hafun, a girl’s dream comes true
April 2005: Nine-year old Faduma Farah Aden always wanted to go to school but never thought she would have the chance. Like most of the girls in Hafun, a fishing village in northeast Somalia, she was resigned to spending her days looking after sheep...

Emergency - Tsunami renews interest in Somalia
January 2005: Located far out on the eastern edge of the Horn of Africa, where no proper roads exist and the airstrip is the desert, the remote Somali fishing village of Hafun hasn’t had so much attention in decades...

Emergency - Diary from Tsunami-hit area
January 2005: UNICEF Somalia Emergency Officer, Robert (Bob) McCarthy's observations on 9 and 10 January 2005 during a visit to Hafun village, one of the worst affected locations by the tsunami which hit Somalia...

Faces of UNICEF - Working in Mogadishu
November 2004: The small Beechcraft plane takes off from the airstrip outside Mogadishu in a swirl of red dust. Inside are UNICEF staff from Nairobi flying on to other locations in Somalia after a stopover. Ahmed Moallim Mohammed, a slight figure waves...



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