UNICEF Somalia Newsletter Issue No. 3
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.
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In 2016, a severe drought, following four successive seasons of below-average rains and exacerbated by El Niño, hit parts of Somaliland and Puntland. An estimated 1.7 million people were affected, including 385,000 who needed immediate assistance. At the same time, in central southern regions, acute watery diarrhoea and cholera cases increased sharply as a result of floods.
There is now a strong chance La Niña – El Niño’s flip side – could lead to a drought further south. UNICEF, together with our partners, such as WFP, will continue to respond to the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and families affected by these dramatic weather patterns.
In April, we marked the one year anniversary of the Garowe attack, in which four of colleagues - Payenda Gul Abed, Brenda Kyeyune, Woki Munyui and Stephen Oduor - lost their lives. Commemorations were held in Hargeisa, Garowe, Mogadishu and Nairobi, where UNICEF and the UN family came together to pay tribute to them and all the colleagues who died over the years while working for the children and women of Somalia.
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UNICEF Somalia Newsletter Issue No. 1
In 2015 Somalia became the 196th country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the efforts to contain the spread of polio paid off when the 2013-2014 outbreak was officially declared over. Despite the progress, the country continues to be one of the harshest places for a child to grow up. At the moment, close to 5 million people - 40% of the entire population - are in need of life-saving and livelihoods support, and 1.1 million remain internally displaced. Some 56,000 children are severely malnourished and only four in ten are in school.
This newsletter presents you with some of the biggest challenges facing Somali children and what UNICEF is doing to address the continuing crisis.
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Feature stories and testimonies from Integrated Capacity Development for Somali Education Administrations Programme 2011 - 2013