Keeping Children Safe: Drought #6


20th Nov, 2017: Food security needs are nearly double the five-year average in Somalia, with an estimated 2,444,000 people currently in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and 866,000 in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). Widespread food insecurity is driven by three consecutive poor seasons that led to well below-average production and large-scale livestock losses, which have reduced household access to food and income (...)
Data from the 2017 post-Gu assessment indicated that Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes persisted in many areas of Somalia in July/August. Since then, sustained assistance has prevented further deterioration in food security in many areas, though persistent drought threatens recovery. Although rainfall in October of this year has been slightly better than rainfall in October 2016, totals are still well below average. Furthermore, a below-average April to June 2018 Gu season is likely, and if this forecast comes to fruition it will mark the fifth consecutive poor season in Somalia (…) Even in a scenario of continued assistance at current levels, Famine (IPC Phase 5) is possible in worst affected areas. In a worst-case scenario, characterized by very poor Deyr rainfall through December and the extended absence of humanitarian assistance, Famine (IPC Phase 5) would be likely. (Somalia food security outlook Oct 2017-May 2018, FSNAU-FEWSNET).


Today is 20th Nov and the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. Since then most countries in the world has signed and ratified the CRC and in 2015, Somalia joined and became the 196th state to ratify the Convention. The CRC outlines specific rights for children, not only to keep them safe, but for all children to grow up in an environment where they can develop and reach their fullest potential – including through the right to Education. Children has the right to Education also during crisis and conflict and in such difficult times Education becomes even more important as a safe space for children and continuity of something familiar in a time when things around them is chaotic and often very scary. Ensuring that children stay in school during a crisis is also an opportunity to reach them with life-saving support as food and water during drought, and life-saving skills such as hygiene practices to avoid AWD/Cholera and other deadly diseases.