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Learning new skills gives young people the chance to build a more prosperous future at home in Somaliland
27 May 2019 – By the time he was 18 years old, Abdirahman Mohamed had twice attempted to start the long and dangerous journey to Europe, leaving his home in Somaliland and aiming to travel through the Sahara Desert, crossing the Mediterranean.

Child-to-child club brings hope for a better future to out-of-school children
7 June 2018 - Mohamed Ali Sheikh, 11, is one of the 200 students enrolled at Aflah School in a camp for the displaced persons on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Connecting millions to the lifeline
6 March 2018 - Feature by Abdifatah Hassan Ali, UNICEF Voices of Youth blogging intern on a field trip with UNICEF and the European Union on the joint urban water project.

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.

What rights are children in Somalia entitled to? A new drama explains
10 December 2017 - Human Rights Day today sees the launch of a campaign to celebrate the next year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Children worldwide have their own international human rights treaty called the CRC.

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.

Somali NGOs celebrate World Children's Day with displaced children in Mogadishu and Afgoye
20 November 2017 - World Children’s Day celebrates children and also mobilizes children’s voices in support of child rights everywhere.

Puntland school children takeover Ministry meeting to mark World Children’s Day
20 November 2017 – Top officials from Puntland’s Education Ministry took a back seat today as children from a local school took over their training workshop to celebrate World Children’s Day.

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.

Graduation ceremony in Puntland for a Japan-supported peace building programme
Garowe, Somalia, 27 June 2017 – A graduation ceremony took place in Garowe, Puntland, for hundreds of young people. They celebrated the successful completion of a course to learn vocational skills at a Japan supported Youth Education Pack (YEP) centre.

A chance at a better future
30 May 2017 - Youth literacy and vocational training funded by Japan offers skills and hope for Somali youth.

Hundreds of youth graduate with new skills from a Japan-supported peace building programme
25 May 2017 – A proud group of 350 young people took part in a graduation ceremony after successfully completing a course under the UNICEF peace building programme. The young people celebrated in front of guests at the Youth Education Pack centre.

Providing Adolescents and Youth with options in Somalia
15 March 2017 - The prolonged drought and looming famine has featured in the Somalia and global news of late, but a disruption has taken place in Puntland State (North Eastern region of Somalia).

Never look back: former child soldiers crafting new lives
12 February 2017 - 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.

Former labourer Abdirahman plans to be an engineer thanks to ‘Educate a Child’
January 2017: Just six months ago, 14 year old Abdirahman stepped inside a classroom for the first time. Now he is a keen maths student and can read and write in Somali. “I want to be an engineer.” he says.

Video: EC Humanitarian Aid funding helps UNICEF provide reintegration to 900 former child soldiers
21 December 2016 - In 2016, ECHO – the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department, contributed US$2 million towards UNICEF’s work in child protection, nutrition and WASH, enabling UNICEF to provide psychosocial and reintegration assistance...

Songs, poems and football mark Universal Children’s Day in Mogadishu
November 2016 - An excited group of children came together at a camp for the internally displaced in Mogadishu to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.

A teenage role model – dedicated student and family breadwinner
24 November 2016 - Haredo Isgowe is a hardworking sixteen year old girl from Southern Somalia who manages to juggle going to school with running a small business to help support her family.

Thanking our Young Change Makers
August 2016 - It may sound strange – but being a young person in Somalia today is a golden opportunity. It is the youth who have the chance to re-build a country which suffered years of war....

Somali pupils work to ensure that all children go to school
13 July 2016: Somali pupils at Qalam Primary School in Gedo region are making a big difference in their community. With UNICEF’s support, they set up a Child-to-Child (CTC) club.

Somali Youth Participation in the First World Humanitarian Summit
2 June 2016 - Somali activist, Sagal Mohamed Ashour, took part in the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23 - 24 May 2016 along with two colleagues and wrote a blog about the challenges young Somali men and women face today.

“Go out and end Polio!” – Students lend their support to polio eradication
April 2016 - On 5 April 2016, a group of more than 1000 school children from 23 primary and intermediate schools participated in the Polio National Immunization day walk to kick off the National Immunization Days campaign in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

A teenager who suffered through FGM/C works with her community to end the practice
March 2016 - Istarlin Mohamed is only 17, but has already suffered more hardship than others would face in a lifetime. She lives in a small camp for the internally displaced, in Dollow District of Gedo Region.

Fresh start after life as a child solder in Somalia
February 2016 - More than 5000 children and young people are involved with armed forces and groups in Somalia. Boys and girls are recruited into armed groups to serve as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers and other roles.

Through the Eyes of Somali Children
February 2016 - Nearly 1000 Somali children took part in a two year UNICEF photoclub project in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogadishu learning to take photographs and snapping thousands of images on various subjects which have been shown in London, Brussels, Nai

Never look back – former Somali child soldiers craft new lives
11 February 2016 - Seventeen-year-old Abdi, in the blue overalls of a trainee electrician, meticulously arranges red and blue electrical wires hooked onto a wooden board. Despite his best efforts – the florescent bulb refuses to light up.

Graduates from UNICEF’s Learning for Peace Programme set for a brighter future
12 November 2015: A graduation ceremony for 123 Youth learners who took part in the UNICEF-supported Learning for Peace Programme was held in Mogadishu. The graduates finished 10 months of vocational training.

School children spread the word about life saving vaccinations
November 2015 - One afternoon earlier this year the After School club at Arabsyo Gabilay primary school, Somaliland received three visitors keen to spread information about the importance of immunization.

Somali children take part in the World’s Largest Lesson on UN Goals
1 October 2015 - Schoolchildren in Somaliland are among thousands of pupils from around the world who have been taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson learning about the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Through the Eyes of Somali Youth Exhibition opens in Nairobi
September 2015 - Visitors to a powerful exhibition of photographs at the United Nations headquarters in Africa are being given a unique insight into what life looks like from a Somali child’s point of view.

Somali youth use video to tell the authorities about community problems
September 2015: Earlier this year 120 students from across Somaliland made one minute, personal videos about their local communities and improvements they wanted in areas such as health, education, water and sanitation and the environment.

Photographs by Somali children provide unique insight into their priorities
August 2015: UNICEF Somalia displayed a fascinating exhibition of photographs by children at the renowned 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) held in Somaliland from 1 – 6 August 2015.

Young Somali activist takes over UNICEF’s main twitter account to mark the Day of the African Child
17 June 2015 - To mark the annual Day of the African Child UNICEF organized a twitter takeover of the main UNICEF Twitter account usually operated from headquarters in New York by 5 young female activists from Somalia, Uganda, Niger, Chad and Sierra Leone

Five female activists to take over UNICEF’s Twitter for Day of the African Child
16 June 2015 - Each year, June 16 is celebrated as the Day of the African Child. Since the first time it was observed in 1991, the day has been an opportunity to focus on the challenges facing the continent’s children and youth...

Learning for Peace in South Somalia
14 April 2015 - Dollow, South Somalia, March 2015: Seventeen year old Osob Abdullahi Mohamed carefully inserts a thread through a sewing machine needle, spreads the fabric in position and quickly kicks the machine into motion stitching the pieces together

Eleven year old Abdi inspires villagers to abandon open defecation
March 2015 - “I am not going to go in the bush again. I will begin digging the pit tomorrow”. After making his declaration, 11 year old Abdi Rashid sat down abruptly besides the other children.

Somali children snap thousands of extraordinary photos of their lives with UNICEF support
16 February 2015 - Over the past two years UNICEF has provided children and youth with a unique opportunity to provide a fascinating insight into their lives. Training sessions were held in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogadishu with a professional photographer.

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.

Pictorial: Life through the eyes of a Somali child
3 December 2013 - UNICEF Somalia organized for 400 Somali primary school children to be trained in photography and provided the cameras. In a short space of time they had taken more than 10,000 photos on various themes.

UNICEF helps Somali girls in Mogadishu, London and Oslo to make a connection
11 October 2013: To mark International Day of the Girl Child, on October 11, UNICEF Somalia organized a Google Hangout, bringing together Somali schoolgirls in Mogadishu and in the diaspora, via video call technology, to chat about school and their lives.

World Sight Day marked in Mogadishu with performances and poetry by blind school students
27 October 2013 - Children from the Al Basiir School for the blind performed a thought provoking drama to mark World Sight Day in the Somali Capital, Mogadishu.

Children attending school for the first time talk about their hopes for the future
9 September 2013 - Somalia has launched the Go 2 School Initiative, an ambitious effort to get one million additional children to school following decades of conflict and continued displacement.

Case stories: Youth for Change Programme
27 November 2012 - Hundreds of young Somalis, seen as being are at risk of becoming involved in violence, have learnt new skills and given renewed hope by a programme in Puntland and Somaliland.

Somali teenager attends the Pan African Forum on Children to highlight the problems of children in her country
November 2012 - Thirteen year old Habibo Omar Jama, who lives in displaced person’s camp in Bossasso, North East Somalia, was one of 23 children representing African children at a high level Pan African Forum on Children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week

Student clubs give Somali children a say in how their schools are run
Read about the Child-To-Child Clubs which are small panels of pupils with a representative from each class or grade group, who together discuss issues affecting pupils and recommend action to teachers.

Youth Centres inspire Somalia’s adolescents to broaden their horizons
BURAO, Northwest Somalia, "Somaliland, 20 January 2011 - Glancing from the computer screen only occasionally, Fathiya Suleiman taps swiftly at the keyboard, firing off Google Chat messages to a relative thousands of miles away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

UNICEF Radio youth reporter interviews 16-year-old Hassan Abdi Elmi about life in a Somali refugee camp...
NEW YORK, USA, 18 December 2009: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In honour of the anniversary, UNICEF Radio youth reporter Mostafa Mohamed Abdurrahman spoke with Hassan Abdi Elmi, 16,...

Global Handwashing Day: Children lead the way in Afghanistan, Somalia and Mozambique
NEW YORK, USA, 15 October 2008: Millions of children in 70 countries around the world are marking the first-ever Global Handwashing Day with a simple act that will protect them from disease and save their lives...

Somalia participates in 'World's Biggest Lesson'
May 2008: Somali children last week took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Lesson,’ joining 7.5 million people from over 100 countries in a ‘lesson’ to ‘teach’ politicians and local leaders about the importance of education for all...

Youth - Girls' sports initiative picks up
August 2005: Girls in Hargeisa, capital of Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’), now have a rare chance to engage in sports activities courtesy of a unique partnership between UNICEF and the Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA)...

Youth review HIV/AIDS magazine
November 2005: Twenty-two young people from across Somalia recently met in Hargeisa, Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’) to discuss ways in which they could reach more Somali youth and educate them about HIV/AIDS prevention and control...

Youth - Somali boys visit Spain
August 2004: Four Somali youth in mid-2004 participated in a summer football camp at Real Madrid FC, one of the world’s greatest football clubs...



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