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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update from Somalia - Muslim Aid is on the ground delivering aid

Muslim Aid began distribution of emergency aid on July 10 in Mogadishu, handing out food packs, water and kitchen utensils to around 1000 people on the first day of distribution. The first stage is targeting IDP camps in Mogadishu and Afgoye corridor, a region of Somalia with already alarming high numbers of internally displaced people. After Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia is the third largest refugee-producing country in the world.

There are acute levels of hunger and malnutrition as food prices continue to escalate, with women, children and elderly increasingly vulnerable. Muslim Aid’s Country Director Ahmed Abdi Muhummed said: ” currently the drought is resulting in around 2500 people entering Mogadishu every day. Many people are travelling hundreds of kilometers on foot; one lady left her house with six children, sadly she arrived with only two.”

Muslim Aid has launched an urgent emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the severe drought and malnutrition occurring in the countries of eastern Horn of Africa.

An estimated 10 million people in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan are at risk of starvation. A shortage of food, water and medicines, made worse by persistent drought conditions in the region have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in camps in Mogadishu, as well as on the border of Northern Kenya and Ethiopia.

Launching the appeal, a Muslim Aid spokesperson said: “The onslaught of draught in eastern Horn of Africa is not an overnight disaster event. It has been building up for months. Food and water reserves in these countries have depleted to the extent that governments are unable to meet the needs of their populations. Livestock are dying and food supplies have collapsed. Hundreds of villages have been totally abandoned. The time has come for the international community to take notice of this alarming situation and act fast to help the affected people before it is too late.”

“Muslim Aid Field Offices in Somalia and Kenya are providing relief to the refugees. Muslim Aid appeals to its donors and partner institutions to urgently come to the aid of the victims of drought and save precious lives.”

We at Muslim Aid still welcomes donations to help reduce the suffering of our brothers in Somalia. For every contribution will entitle for tax exemption receipt.

Every contribution can be directed to
CIMB Bank: 1422-0000070-10-8 the name (Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid Malaysia)
Please attach payment slip along with your
Full name:
phone number:

To further inquiries, please contact the Muslim Aid office at 03-2282 1996 or 03-2288 1996.

Muhammad bin Kamarulazizi


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