Somali children are one group of people who have suffered in 2011 in a country that has continued to grapple with famine, drought and conflict.
Some of the children are being used as child soldiers by various armed including the Al Shabaab insurgents who are battling the forces of the Transitional Federal Government or TFG.
The government is being assisted by peacekeepers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to stabilize the country.
Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict visited Somalia recently to get the government to sign an action plan to stop using child soldiers.
She spoke to Derrick Mbatha about her mission and her hopes for Somali children in 2012.