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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 01:37 by Patrick Gwayi

By Simon Nyabwengi, Country Director, World Vision Somalia
He slept beside her, quiet, his chest moving up and down gently with every breath. She sat beside him, keeping a watchful eye over him.

It has been a long journey for both of them, a 7 years journey for her, but an even longer 8 months journey for him.

 At 13, she had seen death and destruction, the booming sound of mortars, the staccato of machine guns...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 22:49 by Patrick Gwayi

Philip Ndekei,  Manager – Food & Cash Assistance–Operations


I’m very passionate about serving the vulnerable in the society. I have an education background and served as a high school teacher. I developed a...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 01:50 by Patrick Gwayi

By Simon Nyabwengi, Country Director, World Vision Somalia

It is a picturesque village, this Bantal village in Southern Somalia. Set on the banks of the Jubba River, with verdant green banks, the waters of the Jubba flowing quietly by. To get to the village, one has to use the state of the art ferry, made of sticks, old fuel drums and captained by a seasoned Somali captain, guiding the ferry across a steel cable, tied bank to bank.

We sat on the ferry floor, and...

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Friday, February 8, 2019 - 00:49 by

By Simon Nyabwengi, Country Director, World Vision Somalia

She wants to be a doctor. She does not know why. But she knows it is a good thing to be one. Maybe because when she fell sick, her mother crossed the Jubba River in Southern Somalia with her to seek medication. Here she met a doctor who treated her with kindness and gave her medicine that healed her stomach ache and fever.

I met Isnina in her village across the Jubba...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 03:37 by

“It only takes a spark, to get the fire going…”

The words of this old hymn come to my mind every time I think of the number of children and families on the move.

I have often wondered whether the person that set the spark off – that triggered a conflict or escalated tensions in communities – had any idea how destructive that spark would be as it uproots families and children from their day to day routines, altering their futures forever.

Many children,...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 07:28 by

Amidst hurricanes and earthquakes, a paralyzing hunger crisis continues to grip millions of families in eastern Africa. 

You could be forgiven if you’ve forgotten about it. In a media landscape dominated by entertainment personalities and natural disasters, the stubborn drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, along with the conflict in South Sudan rarely make global headlines. 

Yet, this catastrophe is very real. 

A generation of children is...

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 04:09 by

I recently visited the town of Baidoa in Somalia that is now ground zero for the aid response to a starvation crisis that has left almost three million people...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 00:25 by

As we drove towards Dhuyacley IDP camp, located between Luuq town and Hanoy village in Luuq district, Southwest of Somalia there was little activity going on. A few men could be seen putting up makeshift shelters with available sticks while women and children were seated next to their temporary homes. As soon as we pulled over, a large crowd gathered around, probably hoping or wishing that we had brought something for them. The new camp is hosting 200 families who migrated...

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Monday, September 19, 2016 - 02:46 by

By Johana Kipkoech

I woke up at 4AM to prepare for this long awaited day. My airport pick and the plane’s departure were also on time. My destination was still in my mind vague since I had not bothered to check on Google Earth, as I am accustomed to, to understand the environment in which I was visiting. In a way, this was a journey of faith.

As the plane pierced the clouds, I relaxed and focused on the beauty above the clouds. The clouds below were well woven...

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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 17:33 by

 When I was given this assignment I was afraid at first. After all, I had heard of many stories about Somalia and lets say they were not very pleasant and almost frightening. But here I was, heading to this very place.

After boarding the plane to Somaliland, I must admit that the intensity of my prayers doubled. All my senses were aware of where I was headed to and my instinctive told me it was not as good as home. After all, they say ‘home is best’ and...

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