We Need Your Help to Provide Immediate Relief!
According to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “The humanitarian situation in Somalia has deteriorated rapidly. Unless a massive and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance takes place in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought- affected areas.” After three consecutive years of failed rains and an ominous long-range forecast for the upcoming traditional rainy season, Somalia is on the brink of another disastrous famine.
Our Somalia team has witnessed the already developing devastation from the drought first-hand as well as worsening malnutrition among children in the drought-affected areas. As an emergency response, we are delivering food aid and trucking water to the worst hit areas, bringing relief to an already struggling population.
It’s difficult to hear Halima’s story. She’s a widowed mother with 9 grandchildren whose livelihood relied on her herds of goats, sheep and camels. “We depend on our livestock for everything, whether it’s for food, transport or clothing. We were happy and my grandchildren were shining and strong because of the camel milk. But now, there is no food or water for my grandchildren. We hardly get one meal a day.” She lost most of her animals to the drought and those that remain are too weak to give milk. The market for livestock has collapsed and she is now dependent on humanitarian aid. “I don’t know how to go around and beg for food. I just wait to see what comes to my mouth…” A proud woman like Halima, who single-handedly cares for her large family, is on the verge of despair.