The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/73/907–S/2019/509) issued on 20 June 2019.

Students listen intently to their teacher at UNICEF-supported Salaama primary school in Galkayo, Somalia, 2017 @UNICEF.

The political and security situation in Somalia was marked by tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia and federal member states, with the latter breaking off relations with the Federal Government in September. The situation improved from December onwards, when the Federal Government engaged federal member states to normalize relations. Al-Shabaab continued its attacks against the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and used improvised explosive devices against civilians, often with children as victims. In 2018, the number of children affected by grave violations increased by 23 per cent compared with 2017.

Children Recruited and Used
Children Detained for Alleged Association with Al-Shabaab
Children Killed and Maimed
Children Abducted

2018 Verified Figures