STORY: SOMALIA / UNIVERSAL CHILDRENS DAY
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ SOMALI /NATS

DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2012, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Med shot, sign reading “Celebration of Child’s Day”
2. Wide shot, children entering the Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC)
3. Med shot, Women helping a child to wear her t-shirt
4. Wide shot, woman singing to the children
5. Wide shot, women and children signing and clapping
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sahra Mohamed Ahmed, Founder of the Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC):
“They come to the IDP (Internally Displaced People), they are different children. Some of them are disabled children, blind and deaf children and some are paralyzed also. Today they feel different because now we have the new government and they hope to have a new chance to have especially health care and education.”
7. Med shot, two girls playing a game
8. Med shot, children dance with the women
9. Med shot, women singing and clapping
10. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Fatha Mohamud, Internally Displaced Child:
“We want to go to school and to get healthcare.”

11. Med shot, boy signing and clapping
12. Med shot, woman caregiver singing
13. Close up, women waving balloons
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Arale, Child Protection Officer:
“We giver them some playing materials like footballs and basketballs and also we give them some drinks and some t-shirts, so that they feel that they have some people who are supporting them.”
15. Wide shot, children leaving the centre

STORY:
The International Children’s Day is officially celebrated across the world on 1st June, but not in Somalia, here the rights of children have been far ignored if not non-existent due to years of war that plagued this horn of Africa nation.
To accommodate countries like Somalia, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children’s day on an ‘appropriate’ day.
In Mogadishu, children from an IDP (Internally Displaced People) camp were invited by the Somali Women’s Development Centre in Mogadishu to commemorate Universal Children’s Day on 20th November 2012. The UN recognised day was established in 1954 to protect children working long hours in dangerous circumstances and to have access to education.
After over 20 years of war and conflict Somali children have been robbed of a childhood and many have been displaced from their homes in other parts of the country. In May 2011 drought and war pushed these children and their families from the Bay and Bakol districts into the capital Mogadishu.
SOUNDBITE (English) Sahra Mohamed Ahmed, Founder of the Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC):
“They come to the IDP (Internally Displaced People), they are different children. Some of them are disabled children, blind and deaf children and some are paralyzed also. Today they feel different because now we have the new government and they hope to have a new chance to have especially health care and education.”
Aided by UNICEF and other organisations, the Somali Women’s development Centre supports the 125 families in the Barwaqo IDP camp with blankets, kitchenware and tents. There are no schools for the children in the camps. Today they invited the most under privileged some of whom are orphans.
SOUNDBITE (Somali) Fatha Mohamud, Internally Displaced Child:
“We want to go to school and to get healthcare.”
The women’s organisation are working towards getting better health and education and ultimately to get the families resettled in their own region, but today it was all about fun and these children being children again.
SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Arale, Child Protection Officer:
“We giver them some playing materials like footballs and basketballs and also we give them some drinks and some t-shirts, so that they feel that they have some people who are supporting them.”
Forty-five percent of Somalia’s population are children below the age of 15, according to recent data from the population reference bureau. Their data also shows that in every 1000 live births in the country, 107 infants die.

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