According to the United Nations, Somalia is expected to fall into famine between October and December of this year. Hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk if we don’t act now. During the last famine in 2011, more than 260,000 people died, and half of them had died before the crisis was even declared a famine.
“The world must not wait for famine to be declared, we must do everything we can to prevent it. Aid workers and families in Somalia already know that people are starving, with children and the elderly facing particularly acute pain and suffering. In just one camp in Baidoa people say that more than 300 children have died in the last three months. Islamic Relief aid workers have met families walking for days in scorching heat to reach the camps in the hope of receiving life-saving aid – yet when they arrive there is simply not enough food to go round and diseases are rife. Children and elderly people have died from hunger and thirst on the journey, while women and girls are at risk of attack while walking miles alone.
“Right now we are seeing unprecedented climate-related disasters all over the world. From the worst floods in living memory in Pakistan to the worst drought in decades in Somalia, it is often the people who contribute least to climate change who suffer the gravest consequences. We need real global commitment to tackle the climate crisis and we need it urgently.” – Waseem Ahmad, Islamic Relief Worldwide CEO
Islamic Relief is currently on the ground in Somalia providing access to food, water, and healthcare, as well as cash assistance. Donate now and help save the lives of our brothers and sisters suffering across Somalia.
Islamic Relief has been working in Somalia since 2008. With your support, we are able to help provide vulnerable communities with the aid they need.
A few of our interventions include:
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish together, there is still so much more to do. By supporting our efforts in Somalia, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Somalia a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.