Endangering the young, as fighting continues in Somalia

 

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The ongoing violence that erupted amongst the streets in Somalia is endangering the lives of 90,000 children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns.

In a country which has not had a functioning goverment since 1991, Somalia is one of the most dangerous of places to be. Children are subjected to violence, human trafficking, child prostitution and starvation, as many children and their families take to the streets for fear of their lives.

Much needed supplies such as food and banditry are being held captive by roadblocks forcing street children to rummage through indisposed wastes. UN offcial Christian Balslev-Olesen has called for increased support as he states “Due to lack of adequate funding, the agency – which is urgently appealing for $10 million for nutritional, water and sanitation programmes – fears it maybe forced to close its nutritional centres and cease delivering drinking water within the next few weeks”.

Boys as young as 14 or 15 are being forced to take part in urban gangs to seek protection, while young homeless girls sleep amongst petrol tanks in the hopes of deceiving violent pursuers from attempting savaged attacks. As thousand of Somalians head for Yemen, crossing the Gulf of Aden by boat, many arrive either unaccounted for or in distressed conditions. The World Food Programme (WFP) has pleaded for more funding (4.4 million dollars) to help expand its operation.

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It’s stated that the violence is risking the lives of some two million Somalians, causing families to be seperated while leaving behind many oprhaned children to fend for themselves in order to survive.

Unfortunately this article will not appear on the newly arrived website – environmentalnewsonline (ENO) – but do check back for more blog posts and up and coming potential stories.

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One Response to “Endangering the young, as fighting continues in Somalia”

  1. stephennunes Says:

    Again waiting for a few links. But good article Steph

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