Universal Children’s Day Celebration

In Mogadishu, children from an IDP (Internally Displaced People) camp were invited by the Somali Women’s Development Centre in Mogadishu to commemorate Universal Children’s Day on 20th November 2012. The UN recognised day was established in 1954 to protect children working long hours in dangerous circumstances and to have access to education.

After over 20 years of war and conflict Somali children have been robbed of a childhood and many have been displaced from their homes in other parts of the country. In May 2011 drought and war pushed these children and their families from the Bay and Bakol districts into the capital Mogadishu.

Sahra Mohamed Ahmed, Founder of the Somali Women Deveopment Centre (SWDC):“They come to the IDP (Internally Displaced People), they are different children. Some of them are disabled children, blind and deaf children and some are paralyzed also. Today they feel different because now we have the new government and they hope to have a new chance to have especially health care and education.”

Aided by UNICEF and other organisations, the Somali Women’s development Centre supports the 125 families in the Barwaqo IDP camp with blankets, kitchenware and tents. There are no schools for the children in the camps. Today they invited the most under privileged some of whom are orphans.

Things are changing, There is an undeniable air of hope in the country,with security in place,people are opening shops, restaurants, business in Mogadishu.Somalia now has a new President, Prime Minister and Government; the country is rebuilding its institutions, in spite of the destruction caused by of two decades of civil war.

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