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What rights are children in Somalia entitled to? A new drama explains

10 December 2017 - Human Rights Day today is 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 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It was ratified by Somalia in October 2015 – the 196th country to do so. The CRC, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20 1989 helps to measure Governments’ efforts to implement child rights can be measured. Two years after ratification, governments report on their progress to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Somalia will report soon. But what kind of rights are children in Somalia entitled to? UNICEF supported the production of a four part drama series to explain more.
In the first part we look at the right to an education for children – enshrine in both the Universal Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Only four out of ten children in Somalia get to go to school. In this first episode – we see how Samira lost out on her chance of an education and fights to ensure her daughter Idil doesn’t suffer the same fate.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child also specifically states that children have the right to good quality health care. In part 2 Idil’s brother sounds the alarm to make sure his sister Idil gets the medical attention she urgently needs.


Children in Somalia must be protected from harmful labour and interference with their right to an education under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But this doesn’t always happen - girls in particular are often pulled out of school to work or get married. In part 3, Idil’s mother and uncle have a bitter argument about whether the little girl should stay at school or be forced to quit to start work.

Children need to know their rights in order to make sure they have access to all of them. In the last part of this drama, young Idil shows off her knowledge about child rights to her family and inspires her brother too.



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