Borama Girls Photo Club, Somalia, 2013
In March 2013, UNICEF and ARETE STORIES launched a pilot project which trained 400 children along with 10 of their teachers how to use a camera and portray their everyday lives. The children themselves chose the various topics – water, food, friends and family and animals – that they wanted to capture. These photographs depict the rarely glimpsed, everyday lives of Somali children as seen through their own eyes.
Somalia is one of the worst places in the world to be a child. While conditions vary in the regions, the years of conflict, famine, displacement, lack of health facilities or schools have taken their toll on Somalia’s children. More than 200,000 children are still malnourished – mostly in the south – and more than a million children of primary school age are out of school.