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Flood victims in Somalia urgently need help

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Hassan Isilow

Urgent help is needed to resettle thousands of Somalis who were displaced by massive flash floods in the central town of Beledweyne. According to the Africa Muslims Agency (AMA), five people were killed and hundreds were left homeless. “Our partners in Somalia are already on the ground,” said AMA regional director, Hassan Choonara. “They have given the victims emergency assistance, but we need funds to resettle them back into their homes.” Choonara, who recently returned from the famine-hit country, said his organization had started a repatriation programme where they relocated thousands of Somalis who had earlier fled from their villages to the capital city Mogadishu because of famine. “We have given seeds to the people we repatriated as they returned to their villages, where they can start cultivating their lands in places where the rains have started to fall,” he related, adding that AMA has also started a water catchment programme which will help farmers and households in the country’s most dry areas. Choonara said besides, offering humanitarian assistance, AMA was also supporting the Simad University in Mogadishu which trains thousands of students. “After these students graduate from this university, we sponsor them for their Masters and PhD courses at international universities in Malaysia and other Muslim countries. Alhamdulillah, whenever they complete their studies they return to Somalia and serve their communities,” he said.
Fresh food crisis
Meanwhile, a new survey conducted by Oxfam has revealed that Somalia’s food crisis remains critical and likely to worsen in coming months risking a prolonged humanitarian crisis. Latest estimates from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) warned that 236,000 children remain acutely malnourished. The aid agency called on the humanitarian community to maintain support for Somalia at what it believes is a “critical moment.” Oxfam also fears that the international community might turn its attention elsewhere because of the many emergencies unfolding around the globe, warning that without sustained aid many more Somalis may fall back into crisis. The report also cited the recent flooding in Beledweyn town, Hiran region that has already affected thousands. Oxfam also added that a long-term support and engagement to tackle the systemic problems which turn recurrent droughts into humanitarian emergencies were essential.
To donate in support of the suffering people of Somalia, contact AMA on (+27)011-834 8685/6, or visit their website for more details at http://www.africamuslimsagency.co.za. Additional reporting obtained from Press TV

Written by africawitness

October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

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