7 September 2011

Since July, UNICEF has stepped up relief efforts significantly in famine-hit Somalia.

The UK public has donated well over £6 million to our East Africa appeal, and this money is buying and delivering aid to Somalia, as well as drought-affected areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.

We've delivered over 4,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies to children, including those in some of the hardest-to-reach areas in the centre and south of Somalia.  

Speaking from East Africa, UNICEF UK's Executive Director David Bull said: "I’ve been in one of the areas in greatest need in south Somalia today and seen UNICEF aid reaching children and their families who are most at risk".

"We are able to do this across every region in south and central Somalia through our local partner organisations, who have been delivering aid not only in Mogadishu but also at the heart of where it is most needed."

We're supporting 500 feeding centres set up by our partners in the south of Somalia, and have ensured safe and clean water supplies for nearly half a million people in the capital Mogadishu alone.

 
July 2011: In Mogadishu, Somalia, a woman holds her sick baby and a prescription for oral rehydration salts for the child, who has diarrhoea. UNICEF is providing emergency medical supplies through temporary clinics run by local NGOs. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1189/Kate Holt
July 2011: In Mogadishu, Somalia, a woman holds her sick baby and a prescription for oral rehydration salts for the child, who has diarrhoea. UNICEF is providing emergency medical supplies through temporary clinics run by local NGOs.© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1189/Kate Holt