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UNICEF in the Field in Horn of Africa

September 13, 2011

UNICEF launches food voucher and cash transfer program in southern Somalia

UNICEF and its partners are starting a food voucher and cash transfer program to reach children and their families affected by famine and drought in hard-hit southern Somalia. Cash transfers and vouchers in Somalia have already proven effective at empowering families to access food and other essential items on the local market. This month, through the new UNICEF-supported initiative, 15,000 families will benefit from food vouchers or cash transfers to purchase an essential basket of food items.

September 1, 2011

School lunches provide critical lifeline in drought-affected Kenya

Schools in north-eastern Kenya, one of the areas hardest hit by prolonged drought, are continuing to provide school lunches during the summer vacation to ensure that children are fed. For a majority of children in this region the school lunch is their only meal of the day. With up to half of all households in need of food aid, UNICEF is committed to stepping up measures such as lunch servings in local schools and widespread food distribution, to slow the rise of malnutrition in Kenyan children.

August 26, 2011

UNICEF supporting outpatient therapeutic feeding centers in Ethiopia

Over 16,000 health posts are operating across Ethiopia to treat severely malnourished children. The health posts are part of the government’s Health Extension Program to provide basic integrated health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation services to its rural population. Health workers visit homes to screen children and refer them to a health post for treatment. The posts are helping respond to malnutrition with a timely and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance, thereby mitigating the worst impact of the prolonged drought on children.

August 19, 2011

Mobile schools ensure education in Kenya

Children’s education in Kenya has been severly impacted by the current drought. School enrollment is down, as families are on the move looking for water. In order to help people adapt to the recurrent drought and ensure that every child’s right to an education is honored, the Kenyan Government and UNICEF have brought an innovative program - mobile schools to Kenya. Schools are equipped with basic learning materials and teachers that move and live with the people.

August 19, 2011

New pipeline brings hope to drought-affected Kenya

A new pipeline built in Kenya with support from UNICEF will provide a constant source of water for an entire community and replenish a water tank.

August 18, 2011

Water-borne diseases are lethal threat to children in southern Somalia

UNICEF is part of an urgent response to contain the spread of cholera in southern Somalia, as there is an increasing number of confirmed cases in the capital Mogadishu and reports of growing numbers of cases in the port city of Kismayo. Poor sanitation conditions, a shortage of safe water, overcrowding and high malnutrition rates are the perfect combination for infectious diseases such as cholera.

August 15, 2011

Challenges for a family in Dagahaley refugee camp

The three camps that make up Dadaab – Dagahaley, Ifo and Hagadera- were originally designed to house 90,000 people following the civil war in Somalia in 1992. Today around 400,000 displaced people live here. Dadaab has become the largest refugee complex in the world, and is still growing. Ibdios's family left home in a war-torn region of Somalia because of hunger and fear. Their story is no different from that of the 40,000 refugees that have arrived since the beginning of June.

August 10, 2011

UNICEF warns of education crisis in Somalia

An estimated 1.8 million children between 5-17 years of age are already out of school in southern and central Somalia. Learn more.

August 6, 2011

Crisis deepens in the Horn of Africa as famine spreads

As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost already in Somalia and neighbouring countries, and many more are at stake. Yet the international community remains slow in its humanitarian response to this worsening crisis. Unless there is a massive increase in aid, food-security experts predict, the famine will spread rapidly.

August 5, 2011

UNICEF delivering for children in Dadaab refugee camp

UNICEF is ramping up operations to meet the rising humanitarian needs of Somali children and families in the Dadaab refugee camps and surrounding host communities near the Kenya-Somalia border. With an influx of new arrivals straining resources in the camps and host communities, UNICEF is delivering lifesaving support in nutrition, health, child protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Somali refugees arrive in Dadaab at an average rate of 1,300 per day.

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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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