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Halimo’s story - Surviving floods in Belet Weyne
14 November 2018 - Belet Weyne, Hiraan region - When Halimo’s house was destroyed by floods, she and her four children had no choice but to move into a makeshift camp on higher ground.

Nishe’s story - Safe drinking water for displaced families
1 November 2018 - Since early morning, there hasn’t been a dull moment at the water point in Bulohawa camp for the internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baidoa, Bay Region.

Asha’s story - A journey to safety and a start to education
19 October 2018 - Asha Abdulahi Jama was two years old when her mother died. She is now nine and has lived through more warfare, loss and displacement than most people experience in a lifetime.

Story of Zakariya - High malnutrition rate continue to threat the lives of children, especially among the displaced
20 September 2018 - For days, little Zakariya Abdullahi, 2, had had high fever and been losing weight rapidly, right under the eyes of his mother. His family, like millions of other displaced people, struggled to make ends meet.

Somalia: EU tops up funding for UNICEF to help children affected by humanitarian crises
Mogadishu, 17 July 2018 – The European Union (EU) is contributing an additional €5 million in humanitarian support, towards UNICEF’s response, which will provide lifesaving health, nutrition, water, sanitation, education and protection services...

UNICEF support reaches families affected by Cyclone Sagar
30 May 2018 - UUNICEF was among the first to respond following the powerful tropical cyclone which caused death and widespread destruction in Somaliland. Some 168,000 were affected by Cyclone Sagar which hit the coast of north-western Somaliland.

Japan gives US$3million to keep Somalia’s drought affected children healthy, in school and protected
MOGADISHU, 17 April 2018 - The Government of Japan is providing generous funding to UNICEF to support children with proper sanitation facilities in schools, keep them in education and provide abused women and children with support services, UNICEF said.

With €3 million euro funding, the European Union continues its vital support to women and children affected by prolonged drought in Somalia
MOGADISHU, 4 April 2018 – The European Union, through the EU Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department, has provided €3 million euro toward UNICEF’s humanitarian response for children and women caught in Somalia’s prolonged drought.

Well informed mothers displaced by drought can help their children to survive and thrive
16 March 2018 - The prolonged drought in Somalia led to over a million people being forced to leave their homes in the past year. The largest number – over a quarter of a million – settled around the town of Baidoa in the south.

Fleeing drought, a mother is determined to keep her children alive
12 March 2018 - With three young children in tow, and no food or water, Nasri Mahmud Abdi walked 45 kilometres from her village near Afgooye, Lower Shabelle, to a camp for the internally displaced in KM 13 area on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Government of Germany contributes €50 million towards strengthening resilience in southern Somalia
MOGADISHU 7 March 2018 – The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has committed €50 million for a joint WFP and UNICEF programme to tackle women and children’s nutrition in nine districts in Banadir and six districts in Gedo.

UNICEF helps avert a famine in Somalia in 2017
February 2017 - By the end of 2017, the prolonged drought in Somalia had left 6.2 million people, including 3.4 million children in need of humanitarian assistance.

Stories of children and women affected by the forced eviction in KM 13 IDP camps
January 2018 - The following stories are based on interviews gathered by Hassan Istiila, a Mogadishu-based freelance journalist and UNICEF Voices of Youth Blogging Intern.

UNICEF and Save the Children call for action to help children affected by mass IDP settlement evictions in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, 11 January 2018 - The recent unannounced destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Mogadishu, together with the forced evictions of thousands of families living there, are having devastating effects on children.

Japan donates US$3 million to support UNICEF’s continuing emergency response to the prolonged drought in Somalia
MOGADISHU, 23 November 2017 - The Government of Japan has provided generous funding in an Emergency Grant Aid, to support UNICEF’s ongoing lifesaving work for women and children hit by the devastating drought in Somalia.

China provides life saving funds for UNICEF Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia, 21 November 2017 – The Chinese funding to provide life saving services to people in Somalia suffering from the drought was officially marked at a ceremony in Mogadishu.

The continuing ordeal of a group of former child combatants in Somalia
November 2017 - The number of children in Somalia recruited by armed groups reached over 1900 last year – double the number of 2015. The majority of them were recruited by the armed Al Shabaab group.

China contributes US$2 million toward UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia, 21 November 2017 – As the devastating drought in Somalia shows no sign of ending, UNICEF’s lifesaving work for women and children has received a boost from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Video: European Union Humanitarian Aid helps UNICEF respond to drought emergency
8 November 2017 - We would like to say "thank you" to the European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) for the €10 million Euro contribution toward UNICEF's response to the 2017 drought emergency.

Children living in displaced camps talk about their lives
23 October 2017 - More than a million people have been forced to leave their homes due to drought and conflict this year. Two thirds of them are children under 18. These children are often sick and malnourished and have no chance of an education.

Nutrition centre supported by the UK saves the lives of children hit by the continuing drought in Somalia
Baidoa, Somalia, October 2017 - Hundreds of children’s lives have been saved by a modest nutrition centre in the middle of dusty Baidoa town in southern Somalia. In the Centre, worried mothers sit quietly on mats, the babies strapped on their backs...

UNICEF provides latrines for internally displaced in Puntland, Somalia
Jawle IDP camp, Puntland, Somalia, 25 September 2017 - UNICEF handed over 180 communal toilets for displaced people in Jawle camp in Somalia's north eastern state of Puntland at a ceremony attended by Vice President of Puntland and the Governor of Nugal.

UNICEF hands over latrines for thousands of vulnerable people living in camp for the displaced in north east Somalia
Garowe, Puntland, Somalia, 25 September 2017 –UNICEF is providing access to safe and dignified sanitation to 3,600 people in the Jawle camp for the internally displaced in Puntland, north east Somalia.

Launch of emergency water trucking for IDPs in Baidoa
19 September 2017 - UNICEF Somalia, in partnership with the Federal GovSomalia and South ernment of West State authorities, has launched a new phase of emergency water trucking to thousands of people around Baidoa town displaced by the ongoing drought.

Six children survive deadly disease outbreak thanks to a community mobiliser
18 September 2017- Amal had no idea what to do when her two year old daughter Rayan suddenly suffered from diarrhoea and vomiting. She prayed for her recovery, but the toddler died within 24 hours. Amal did not recognise the symptoms...

Drought forces young Anab to leave her village – but she does find an education
12 September 2017 - The prolonged drought in Somalia has led to difficult decisions for families – whether to stay on their barren land and try to survive, to uproot everyone or to divide the family.

UNICEF and IOM combine forces to end cholera outbreak in key town in southern Somalia
11 September 2017 - UNICEF and the IOM have reached tens of thousands of people displaced by the drought with safe water, latrines and good hygiene promotion helping to slow and even stop the outbreak of AWD/cholera in many areas of southern Somalia.

More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest - UNICEF
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.

No end in sight to Somalia’s drought-crisis
August 2017 -As the prolonged drought in Somalia continues to cause widespread suffering, illness and death, nutrition programmes supported by UNICEF and partners have successfully treated over 130,000 children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition

From Goats to Grade 1
August 2017 - I first met eleven-year-old Mariam Abdulahi at Waranley village while she was looking after her family’s herd of goats. She told me she had never been to school, but her dream was to be a student.

Video: UNICEF Somalia - drought crisis continues (French)
20 July 2017 - The humanitarian crisis caused by the drought in Somalia continues to cause widespread misery. Some 1.4 million children could be malnourished this year while cholera and measles continue to spread.

A village suffering for three years from drought given a ray of hope
13 July 2017 - Madina Ibrahim Hajji wanted to send her three children to school but there were none in her village or nearby. The village was made up of farmers whose crops have failed for the past three years due to the drought.

Suspected cholera devastates families in Somaliland
3 July 2017 - The rains that have brought some relief from the prolonged drought in Somaliland, have led to a devastating outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera which has affected thousands of people – a third of them children.

More children suffer malnutrition in drought-hit Somalia
3 July 2017 - UNICEF Somalia has treated some 95,000 children with life-threatening severe malnutrition resulting from the devastating drought which spread throughout the country.

UNICEF Ethiopia and Somalia join forces to reach severely malnourished children with life-saving treatment
DOOLOW, Somalia, 30 June 2017 – Faisal Bule sits with his daughter, 18-month-old Dahran Faisal, at the nutrition centre in Doolow, a town in southern Somalia on the border with Ethiopia.

European Union and UNICEF fighting cholera together in Somalia
Brussels/Mogadishu 27 June 2017 – A joint EU-UNICEF humanitarian emergency initiative will support 602,000 people in Somalia, including some 301,000 children and 156,500 women, in regions worst affected by a serious acute watery diarrhoea/cholera outbreak

Priti Patel: UK steps up humanitarian support to save lives in Somalia and Ethiopia
19 June 2017 - International Development Secretary Priti Patel today called for a new concerted global push to prevent millions of people losing their lives across East Africa to the threat of starvation and disease.

Drought forces women and children to make perilous journey to camps for displaced
16 June 2017 –The prolonged drought in Somalia has led to over 740,000 people leaving their homes in desperate search of food and water – with the vast majority of them women and children.

Malnutrition, disease and food insecurity - a perfect recipe for disaster for Somalia’s children
12 June 2017 - With just a roof, this open barn was once used as livestock market for Dolow town. Now enclosed by orange tarpaulin, it has been turned into a makeshift hospital for patients stricken by the latest cholera outbreak.

Children Displaced by Drought Benefit from a JPLG-supported School in Berbera
20 May 2017 - Twelve year-old Mohamed Muse has been living with his aunt in the coastal town of Berbera for the past two months after the severe drought ravaging parts of Somaliland forced his mother to split up her ten children among relatives.

Hundreds of thousands of children immunized against measles in outbreak hotspots in Somalia
May 2017 - Two-year-old Absalah lets out a loud squeal just like any child his age would when getting a jab right on the arm. The sound tells not only the pain he is going through but also his resentment towards the seemingly awful treatment.

A home away from home
12 May 2017 - The bright smiles that could light up a room and the color-coordinated purple head scarfs that they both happen to be wearing leave no doubt in my mind that Sahro and young Sabiriin are a mother and daughter duo.

Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent
GENEVA/NAIROBI, 2 May 2017 – The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million.

Keeping children in school amidst a severe drought
1 May 2017 - Due to the severe drought, some 40,000 children have stopped going to school across Somalia, and another 50,000 are at risk of following suit.

In drought-hit Somalia, children also face potentially deadly measles threat
BAIDOA, SOMALIA, 25 April 2017 – Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.

UNICEF launches Preventive Measles Campaign vaccinating a quarter of a million children in Somaliland
April 2017 - Somaliland’s Health Ministry, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation have launched a measles vaccination campaign to try to control the disease which has affected over 900 children this year.

In the midst of a drought – rain is not necessarily a solution
23 April 2017 – Baidoa was one of the worst-hit areas in the famines of 1992 and 2011 and the current drought led to some 70,000 people moving from rural areas to settlements around the town in March alone.

Drought leaves a father too weak to take his malnourished child to get treatment
23 April 2017 - I met two year old Hassan Osman Ali during the visit of a big UN delegation to a fast growing settlement for those displaced by the drought near Baidoa town in southern Somalia.

Cholera and acute watery diarrhoea outbreak affects tens of thousands
19 April 2017 - As a result of the extreme drought that has hit Somalia, a devastating outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea has ravaged the country. As of 15 April, the number of cases has surpassed 25,000.

UNICEF battles against the clock to provide life saving treatment to those suffering from cholera and acute watery diarrhoea
17 April 2017 - As a result of the extreme drought that has hit Somalia, a devastating outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea(AWD)/cholera has ravaged the country with more than 24,000 cases reported this year.

UNICEF nutritionist Irene explains her dedication to curing Somali children suffering from malnutrition
April 2017 - Irene Obare is a nutrition specialist for UNICEF Somalia who is Kenyan by nationality. She has been working in South Central Somalia for four months now, including in and around the town of Baidoa.

DFID £20 million contribution helps UNICEF save children and mothers' lives in drought emergency
8 April 2017 – With the generous contribution from DFID - UK Department for International Development - UNICEF has been able to respond to the drought emergency which has left 6.2 million people, half of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance

Drought forces many Somali children to stop going to school to support the family
April 2017 – Thirteen year old Iftin was forced to stop going to school when his family decided their only hope for survival was to move. So last October the whole family left to travel 35 kilometres in search of pasture and water for their dying animals

UNICEF Representative meets families affected by the Somalia drought
April 2017 - The UNICEF Somalia Representative visited Garbaharey, capital of Gedo in southern Somalia to see the life-saving work being carried out by UNICEF there.

Mobile health workers work flat out to treat those displaced by drought
10 April 2017 – A large excited crowd of women and children crowding around a small table topped with an umbrella for shade, in the middle of Diblye camp for the displaced.

Major suspected cholera/AWD outbreak in Somalia
3 April 2017 - In Somalia the drought has led to a serious outbreak of life threatening cholera/acute watery diarrhoea affecting more than 20,000 people since the start of the year. One of the worst affected areas is Bay region in the south.

Families on the move in Somaliland ravaged by drought
7 April 2017 – Somali pastoralists are used to moving in search of water and pasture for their animals – but the long drought which has parched the land left them without any options.

The drought stricken Somali town on the river – where water is the problem and the solution
28 March 2017 - Before we boarded the flight from Mogadishu directly west to Bardheere, named for the date palms that used to flourish there, my colleague described how, decades ago, the town and the Juba River, were the focus of a development project.

A father’s agonizing vigil at a Cholera Treatment Centre in Southern Somalia
22 March 2017- Three-year-old Nur Ismail fights for his life at the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) at Baidoa Regional Hospital, where he was admitted with severe Acute Watery Diahorrea/cholera while his father watches him, wondering if he waited too long.

A struggle for water in drought-stricken Somaliland
22 March 2017 - Driving through Somaliland, the dusty scrub land, low acacia trees and finger-like termite mounds seem to stretch on endlessly. Occasionally there are small herds of goats or sheep, sometimes a carcass.

“We are here to stay” – Dadaab returnees built new lives with hope and help
9 March 2017 - When the news reached Adiqa that the Dadaab refugee camps would soon be shut down and everyone living in them had to leave, she wasn’t sure what to do.

Qaali Hayebi travels 400 kilometres to save her family
27 February 2017 - The continuing drought in Somaliland forced Qaali Heybi, her husband and ten children to travel more than 400 kilometres west from their home village to find pasture for their animals who they depend on for survival.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Malnutrition rates among children in IDP camps have complex causes
April 2016 - Teenager Sabri had no time to enjoy her childhood – and now, at the age of just sixteen she is a single mother. She has lived nearly all her life in a camp for the internally displaced in Garowe, northern Somalia.

Drought leave students without schools in Puntland
February 2016 – Ubah Farah Abdirahman, 15, bustles around her family’s small tea shop in the village of Yibayil, in Somalia’s Puntland region. Although she is not currently in school, Ubah dreams of completing her education.

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.

Visiting Somalia’s displaced families – where the children suffer the most
December 2015 - With so much the world focused on war, terrorism and the plight of a seemingly endless stream of refugees, it is no surprise that Somalia has been forgotten.

$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.

Children in Armed Conflict – stories of trauma and rehabilitation
14 July 2015 - Khadra was at a loss when her 14-year old nephew Bashir disappeared one day. As the family searched tirelessly for the boy, Khadra was inconsolable.

Published article: After Somalia's famine, hunger persists
1 May 2015 - At a hospital in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district, children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, worsened by stomach and chest infections, are receiving treatment that is likely saving their young lives.

A sachet of micronutrient powder a day boosts Somali children’s health and development
March 2015: Hasha Abdi Abdullahi was desperate. She was living in a makeshift camp for the displaced in Hargeisa with her seven children after being forced to leave her home, 50 kilometres away, because of drought.

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.

UN agencies overcome hurdles to visit remote Somalia to investigate polio outbreak
August 2014 - UN agencies in Somalia combined forces once again to help a joint UNICEF and WHO team to visit a remote district of Puntland in north east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year.

Toddler in northern Somalia is paralysed by polio – one of four new cases this year
16 July 2014 –Two and half year old Asha Mohamed sits in her mother’s lap, playfully hiding her face behind her hands. She used to follow her mother, Anod Abdi Hassan, all round the house until she contracted polio earlier this year.

In Somaliland, volunteer vaccinators help contain the threat of polio
18 December 2013 – In May 2013, the first case of polio seen in Somalia in more than six years was announced in Mogadishu. Plans for mass vaccination campaigns were drawn up.

A major campaign to stop the spread of polio
14 August 2013 – The mother of 3-year-old Mohamed Seef Naasir never realized the importance of vaccinating her children against polio until it was too late. The family lives hand-to -mouth in a makeshift shelter in a camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Increasing numbers of children paralysed by polio in Somalia
9 July 2013 - Since the first tragic case of polio in Somalia for six years was discovered in the capital Mogadishu, nearly 50 children have suffered paralysis as a result of the virus. And that number is expected to rise.

Polio outbreak Response in Mogadishu
July 2013 - In May the first Polio outbreak in Somalia for 6 years was announced in Mogadishu. When it was found that two year old Najmo from Mogadishu had the wild polio virus, the Government, launched an emergency vaccination campaign.

Strengthening Resilience in Somalia
December 2012 - In 2012, a good harvest and the hard work of UN agencies and NGOs lifted Somalia out of famine. This was made possible by the generous contributions of donors.

Months after famine conditions have ended, health centres across southern Somalia help children suffering from malnutrition
13 November 2012 – Ten-month-old Ifrah Mohamed Abdi was born as the first famine declared in more than 20 years in Africa held its grip on the village in which her family has lived for generations.

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.

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.

The multiplier effect: How simple repairs to a water pump brought life back to a drought-hit Somali community
1 December 2011 – With funding from the Government of Japan, UNICEF has helped drought-hit Somali communities to operationalize their water systems, bringing life back to towns and villages. Read more.

In Somalia, UNICEF constructs classrooms and trains teachers for children displaced by conflict
UNICEF is constructing classrooms, training teachers, supplying learning and teaching materials and school uniforms, and distributing vouchers to families to ensure that displaced children receive basic education.

Public-Private Partnership provides safe water to drought-affected populations in Somalia
29 April 2011 - People of Qardho town suffered from shortage of water until a few years ago when an extensive water system was introduced.

Rural water system helps alleviate impact of drought in Somalia
28 April 2011 - As communities in Somalia face harsh conditions following the failure of the October-December Deyr rains, the people of Waaciye village are grateful that they have an operational water source.

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.

Somali village overcomes drought with a new water source thanks to UNICEF & Italian Development Cooperation
2 March 2011 - As drought affects communities in Somalia following the failure of the (October-December) Deyr rains, the people of Saddex Higlo village, are thankful that a new borehole is now operational.

UNICEF Programmes in Somalia, face and overcome multiple challenges
September 2010 - A presentation on the challenging work of UNICEF's Somalia office, one of the country programmes presented to the UNICEF Executive Board for consideration on 8 September 2010, at the Board's second regular meeting of 2010.

Despite challenges, UNICEF partners in Mogadishu strive to reach women and children
September 2010: It is hard to think of a place where children are more at risk than Somalia. As fighting continues in the capital, Mogadishu, and in other parts of the central southern regions of the country, violations of children’s rights go on...

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...

After alarming rise, UNICEF calls for release of Somali child soldiers
7 May 2010 – As reports warn of an alarming rise in the recruitment of child soldiers in Somalia, UNICEF and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict are calling on all parties to put an immediate end to this...

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...

Amidst fighting, Somali children receive life-saving health services in Mogadishu
9 February 2010 – Despite fighting that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people here, a large-scale Child Health Days campaign has succeeded in reaching children and women with high-impact health services in all of the Somali capital’s 16 districts.

UNICEF programme expanded to fight widespread undernutrition in Somalia
HARGEISA, Somalia, 8 December 2009: In Somalia, more than 40 per cent of children exhibit signs of chronic nutritional deprivation. This can be a life-threatening condition if appropriate interventions are not provided...

Child Health Days reach displaced communities in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 November, 2009: For the first time ever, a Child Health Days campaign has reached displaced children and women in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor, a 30 km stretch of road west of Mogadishu that is the world’s most densely populated...

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...

UNICEF nutrition intervention in Somalia disrupted by looting
NEW YORK, USA, 13 August 2009: UNICEF has been forced to delay delivery of crucial nutritional supplies after looters targeted the warehouse of a UNICEF partner in the lower Juba region...

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...

Life-saving nutrition interventions for vulnerable Somali children
EL-BERDE, Somalia, 24 June 2009: From early in the morning, the outpatient therapeutic centre (OTP) in El-Berde is crowded with women and their children seeking its services. The OTP is set up inside the town’s maternal and child health centre...

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...

Food issues crucial as Somalia faces 'worst-case scenario'
August 2008: Malnutrition is one of the biggest challenges facing Somali children today, and according to an upcoming UN report, it could be getting worse...

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...

Education - Tents to the rescue of Somali children
November 2006: 13 October 2006 marked the first anniversary of the opening of a school for internally displaced children of the State House settlement in Hargeisa Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’). The settlement has existed for 15 years...

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...

Drought 2006 - Boy's long journey to treatment
February 2006: Shubeb Frow Hussein is just six years old. Feverish and malnourished, he travelled 180 km with his father from their village in Baidoa in southern Somalia to the Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Wajid town...

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...

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 - 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 - 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...

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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