Amina Shakir (not her real name) fled the drought and famine in Somalia for a better life in Kenya. But she did so illegally, placing her faith in the hands of a criminal network headed by Mukhalis or agents in Swahili. In the end her faith was misplaced as she was "sold" into employment upon finally reaching Kenya.

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The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done to save hundreds of thousands of children at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease, UNICEF said today according to a progress report three months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia.

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The Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs indicated that Ethiopia is making preparations to present its 4th and 5th children rights convention performance report to the United Nations.

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In an urgent response to famine in parts of Somalia and food insecurity throughout the Horn of Africa, UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week convened an in-depth briefing on ending the crisis and averting similar catastrophes in the future.

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At least $218 million in new aid for the Horn of Africa was pledged today at a United Nations mini-summit held to raise awareness about the region’s humanitarian crisis and tackle the root causes of its recurring drought-related food shortages.

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Health and nutrition rates have deteriorated for famine-wracked Somalis displaced within their own country but improved for those who have fled to Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

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The United Nations reported today that nearly a million more people need humanitarian aid across the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, bringing the total to 13.3 million, while funding to save lives there faces a shortfall of nearly $1 billion.

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Senior United Nations officials are calling on countries, businesses and individuals to give generously to support efforts to tackle the food security crisis gripping the Horn of Africa, warning that the world cannot “afford to lose momentum” in the fight against famine, disease and starvation.

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A United Nations-convened meeting on hunger in the Horn of Africa today called for a twin-pronged approach to tackle the food crisis, stressing immediate relief and the strengthening of the resilience of affected communities to enable them to cope with future shocks in the drought-prone region.

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This is a children’s famine.  The magnitude of suffering and loss is tremendous.  The haunting images we have seen from the Horn of Africa and the facts of this emergency speak for themselves.

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