Child Sponsor Somalia
located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by
Djibouti to its north-west, Kenya to its south-west, the
Gulf of Aden to its north, the Indian Ocean to its east
and Ethiopia to its west. Formerly British and Italian
protectorates, the two colonies became one following
independence in 1960 as the Somali Democratic Republic.
In 1969 a coup installed Mohamed Siad Barre as
president, and, although a harsh socialist regime then
ruled the country until its collapse in 1991, many
improvements were made to the country, particularly in
the field of literacy.
Since that time the country has been in almost perpetual
conflict with no real rule of any government.
Its a tragedy that a generation of Somalia children are being
forced to grow up knowing nothing but famine, war and conflict.
The life expectancy in Somalia is just 48 years of age, and as such, 44% of the
country's population are children under the age of fifteen. Of those over fourteen just 37.8%
are literate and 71% of all children suffer from malnourishment. Shockingly, an
estimated 200,000 Somalia children are believed to have taken up arms during the
conflict there. As UNICEF's representative to Somalia stated “Putting children in the line
of fire, killing and maiming them in the context of an armed conflict are
among the most serious violations of international law which all parties to
the conflict are expected to uphold. The use and recruitment of children under
the age of 15 years is a war crime.” Somalia is effectively a failed
state in conflict. As such, most of the work in Somalia is to get humanitarian
aid in quickly then withdraw and leave longer term planning until there is some
semblance of order in the country. As a result, millions are
suffering both physical and emotional trauma as well as shortages of life
For these reasons there are limited child sponsor programs in Somalia,
however, as ever, soschildrensvillages.org
continue to provide care for orphaned and abandoned children. If you work with children in Somalia tell us about your work here. You can help when you sponsor a child in Somalia.