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Emergency Aid: Somalia Cries Out For Help
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In Somalia, 5.6 million people are currently food insecure and 2.8 million people cannot meet their daily food requirements due to the compounding impacts of extended drought, flooding, desert locust infestations, the economic impacts of COVID-19 and conflict. This number is forecasted to jump to 7.7 million in early 2022. Across many regions, people highlighted the drought to be a larger issue as compared to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Somalia is vulnerable to increasingly erratic and extreme weather patterns, such as repeated droughts and seasonal floods. In the former, crops fail, and livestock die from lack of water and food; in the latter, they are simply washed away. This has left over 70% of Somalis to live below the poverty line.
Over 2,680,000 people have fled their homes this year alone in search of food, water, pasture for their animals, and safety. Over 893,000 people have been displaced by floods, insecurity or conflict. Severe water shortages in some parts of the country have resulted in women having to walk long distances to access water and girls dropping out of school as their families can no longer afford to pay school fees. 1 in 4 Somalis are facing high levels of acute food insecurity and more than 800,000 children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition.
As if this was not enough, the country suffered from the desert locust infestation which destroyed the few crops and pasture that had survived the floods and now due to below-average rainfall, at least 34 districts are facing alarming water shortages with reports of pre-drought conditions in some places. Over 116,000 Somalis were displaced by water shortages between October 2020 and March 2021. The worst-affected areas are in Somaliland, Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, and Jubaland. Communities in Somalia and Somaliland have told us that they fear a repeat of the 2017 severe drought which left a quarter of a million people dead.
Families are dying not only from starvation but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation. More than half of the population live below the poverty line, making them even more vulnerable to climate shifts.
Mohammed Mukhier, regional director for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Africa, says: “Somalia is one of the riskiest places on Earth to live right now. The country is a catalogue of catastrophes. Climate-related disasters, conflict and Covid-19 have coalesced into a major humanitarian crisis for millions of people. We can’t keep talking about this; we must reduce suffering now.”
Donations to this campaign will be used to provide emergency aid in the form of food, water, and home essentials for poor families as well as those that are internally displaced.
The people of Somalia need all the help that they can get. People are dying of thirst and hunger as you read this and the numbers are getting worse. Let’s start with just MYR 10 and help save our brothers and sisters in Somalia.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.” [Tirmidhi]
Community Organization for Relief and Development (CORD) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1994 by Somali intellectuals at the then war-torn capital Mogadishu. The organization was born out of a need to assist needy people in Mogadishu who were suffering from unimaginable difficulties caused by the civil war at the time. CORD has over the years contributed to the relief and development of Somali people in almost every corner of the country.