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UNICEF in the Field in Horn of Africa

August 20, 2012

Aid Trickles Into Somalia's Drought-Hit Baidoa Region as Militant Group Moves Out

Fleeing from violence and suffering from food shortages, more and more people in southern Somalia have been coming to the Salameyidale Internally Displaced Persons Camp near the town of Baidoa. The town has become accessible since the militant group Al-Shababbd left in February. But with little medical care at the refugee camp, the Baidoa Regional Hospital, supported by UNICEF, is the only health facility in the area. With access to Baidoa opening up, UNICEF is able to increase medical care for children suffering from illness and malnutrition.

August 1, 2012

In Somalia, fuel-efficient stoves prevent sexual violence and generate income for vulnerable families

Girls and women in Mogadishu say that they are at greatest risk of sexual violence while they are collecting firewood. To reduce the need for firewood, UNICEF and partners are supporting two projects providing fuel-efficient stoves to displaced girls and women throughout Mogadishu. The stoves use waste products like corn husks as an energy source, reducing or eliminating the need to collect firewood. UNICEF designed these projects to protect children, but they have had the added benefit of providing families with an income as stove producers.

July 20, 2012

One year after famine declaration: Countless lives saved, but situation for children still grave in the Horn of Africa

A year ago today, the crisis in the Horn of Africa reached a boiling point when the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia.

April 12, 2012

Despite recent improvements emergency relief still needed in the Horn of Africa

The massive humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa in 2011 reversed the spread of famine and saved tens of thousands of children’s lives, but the outlook is increasingly worrisome and threatens the tentative gains achieved to date, according to a new UNICEF report. The “Response to the Horn of Africa emergency” report describes the UNICEF humanitarian operation in the six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia and the need for sustained assistance in the critical months ahead for more than eight million people at risk.

December 15, 2011

UNICEF at 65: Looking back, thinking ahead

On December, 11 UNICEF celebrated its 65th anniversary. Created in 1946 from the residual resources from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to secure the fate of Europe’s children, few then imagined that it would still be in existence today. Principles of equity were part of UNICEF's guiding vision from the very day of its creation and form part of its mission statement.

December 8, 2011

Mobile school is the answer to a Turkana girl’s prayers

Rebecca Ekusi remembers what life was like before she came to UNICEF-supported Kalokutanyang Mobile School. She spent her days tending her family’s goats in the vast, semi-arid expanse of Turkana, north-western Kenya. But even while Rebecca was doing her part to sustain the household’s traditional pastoralist livelihood, she yearned to go to school one day. Then a prolonged regional drought set in and withered the pasturelands.

December 5, 2011

Health outreach saves lives in Turkana, north-west Kenya

Kakwanyang Dispensary is a half-hour drive from the nearest town, along the rutted dirt roads of sparsely populated Turkana County. It brings health services within reach of children and families who would otherwise have to walk four hours to the district hospital for care. The Kenyan Government set up the spare, two-room outreach centre with help from UNICEF and other partners in July.

December 3, 2011

Measles rates on the decline after successful vaccination campaign in Somalia

Since the initial campaign began in August, measles infections in Somalia have slowed down, still, the disease continues to be a concern in congested areas such as internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Overall, measles cases have declined considerably, with 1,644 cases reported in October compared to 1,902 in September in south central regions.

November 27, 2011

Famine on the retreat in southern Somalia, millions still remain in need

UNICEF welcomes the news that famine is on the retreat in southern Somalia. Famine was declared in six areas of southern Somalia in July. According to the latest report from the United Nations’ Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, famine has been beaten in three areas. UNICEF and its partners played a key role in the emergency response. Nearly ten thousand metric tons of supplies have been delivered to the region.

November 15, 2011

UNICEF concerned about the impact of the escalating conflict in Somalia

Increasing numbers of children and civilians are being caught in attacks and cross-fire across the south and center of Somalia. Over the last several weeks, there has been a very worrying rise in killings and serious injuries of children. According to the UN's monitoring and reporting mechanism for grave violations of children's rights, 24 children have been killed in the conflict in October, nearly double the number of child killings confirmed in every month this year.

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FAMINE IN SOMALIA

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Thousands of families flee famine in Somalia.

Learn more, view photos from the ground.

See an infographic of UNICEF's work in Somalia.

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