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Somali NGOs celebrate World Children's Day with displaced children in Mogadishu and Afgoye

UNICEF Somalia/2017

20 November 2017 - World Children’s Day celebrates children and also mobilizes children’s voices in support of child rights everywhere. The day also marks the anniversary of when the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly. Somalia ratified the CRC in October 2015 and earlier this month there was the launch of the drafting process for a new Child Rights Bill.

UNICEF Somalia/2017

A local NGO SOYDA (Somali Young Doctors Association) supported by UNICEF has been getting children displaced by drought and conflict together in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and in nearby Afgoye to celebrate World Children’s Day. This year children are being encouraged to take over in a wide range of fields from media and politics to sport. 

Another of UNICEF’s partners, the Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC), also organized activities for children in settlements for the displaced on the outskirts of Mogadishu and at its Centre in Wadajir. The children sang songs to mark the day such one photographed here where they pointed out all the different parts of the body (head, mouth, shoulder etc) and touched them as they sang.

To mark World Children’s Day, there was a skipping competition for the girls and a prize for the best one.

 

 
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