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A two year-old child cries for his mother at the Kismayo general hospital in Somalia. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Somalia children facing "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement: UNICEF

The "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement is taking a terrible toll on children in Somalia, according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. It's projecting that the number of malnourished children there has risen by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year, to 1.4 million. Dianne Penn has been speaking to Susannah Price, chief of communications for UNICEF Somalia, who is based in Nairobi.

Built from aluminium and fabric on the outskirts of Hargesia, Somaliland, family lives in their 30 year-old makeshift home. Photo credit: Muse Mohammed,

IOM photographer puts human face on Somalia drought

As we just heard, rains failed for the third year in a row in some parts of Somalia, raising the spectre of mass famine.Muse Mohammed, a Multimedia Officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has just returned from a month-long assignment to document how people have been affected, as well as aid agencies' efforts to assist them.Liz Scaffidi asked Mr Mohammed to describe what he saw.

Jailed Eritrean journalist awarded UN-backed press freedom prize

An imprisoned Eritrean-born journalist whose current whereabouts are not known has won a UN-backed award that celebrates freedom of the press. Dawit Isaak is the recipient of the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, presented on Wednesday in Jakarta. Mr Isaak,who's also a Swedish citizen, was known for his critical and insightful reporting, according to UNESCO; the UN cultural agency.He was arrested in a media crackdown in Eritrea in September 2001 and has not been heard from since 2005.Liz Scaffidi spoke to his daughter, Bethelem, who accepted the award on his behalf.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
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