The brothers and sisters at NYM iNK, on behalf of hundreds of thousands of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Somalia, are requesting your help in these crucial times as the Somali people continue to experience extreme drought, food shortages, and malnourishment in an ever dire and worsening situation.
The Reality on the Ground:
Insufficient rains have left many of the country’s cereal crops barren and much of the country’s livestock (many of which have herds greater than 100) drastically reduced (in some instances to less than 5) since the drought began. The drought has forced scores of rural populations to walk days and even weeks to the cities in hopes of finding food and water, however, the rising food prices and ongoing civil war in the capital seem to only compound the already ominous situation. Even those who are fortunate enough to make it to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, are still faced with lack of clothing, shelter, and medication. In addition, the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies are currently only one of a few international aid organizations on the ground that are able to reach those in need in the most affected areas .
The Next Step:
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works closely with and provides substantial support to the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), the ICRC’s main operational partner in Somalia.
Donations are being accepted online with the ICRC at: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/index.jsp