Internally displaced Somali women continue to face sexual and gender based violence

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Somali woman

Sexual and gender-based violence have been pervasive in Somalia, according to the spokesperson for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Jens Laerke added that during the first half of the year, 800 cases were reported in Mogadishu alone, and the internally displaced Somali women continue to be the most affected.

A humanitarian lauded on World Humanitarian Day

Dr. Trent with children in Zimbabwe

Dr. Tererai Trent is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was born of poverty in a rural village in Zimbabwe. Her strong desire to have an education took her to the United States where she eventually got her Phd. Tererai became famous when her life story was featured in a book called "Half the Sky" by author Nicholas Kristof. Later, Oprah Winfrey, an American Television producer and host, actress, philanthropist, among other things, ran a segment on Tererai's journey. To commemorate world humanitarian day and learn how each of us can transform our communities UNICEF's Alex Goldmark spoke to Dr. Tererai Trent who is now building schools in her community.

Tackling malnutrition in rural Ethiopia

Weighing day for children in Mancha, Ethiopia

A nutrition program in Mancha, Ethiopia has shown that in the past three years, malnutrition rates for children under the age of five have dropped from 20 percent to five percent. At the same time, severe malnutrition is down from five per cent to around one per cent, according to the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). The Ethiopian government's community-based nutrition programme, supported by UNICEF and the European Union, is keeping children strong and healthy, and families resilient.

Producer: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Production Assistant: Ezzat El-Ferri
Duration: 10'00"

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