Gifts from Indonesian Benefactors Enliven Ramadan in Somalia

Covid-19 Pandemic has affected Somalia’s economy. It was difficult to meet their daily food needs. Therefore, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed food packages to the people in Mogadishu.

Some of the IDPs bring the food package to their home. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MOGADISHU – Staple food prices in Mogadishu, Somalia have increased in Ramadan 2020. The IDPs there lived in difficult conditions. When the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak hampered the economy, people collected what they had together with the neighbor in order to meet their food needs.

“ When coronavirus pandemics spread all over the city and people did not go to work, we collected money from every family to meet our food needs,“ said Mohamed Warsami Hirsi, one of the IDPs in refugee camps.

Apart from economic hardship, social distancing and washing hands were difficult to do for people living in overcrowded camps with poor sanitation.

“We didn’t have soap to clean our hands when the virus spreads,” added one IDP, Khadija Diriye.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)  distributed food packages to Somalis. Hundreds of Somalis visited a field in Abdi Aziz District, Mogadishu.  The food packages were provided for each of them. They lined up and picked up food packages.

The economic decline has made it difficult for Somalis to meet their food needs in Ramadan 2020. (ACTNews)

“These food packages were gifts from Indonesian people to orphans and IDPs in Somalia. There are 1,897 beneficiaries of this Ramadan food packages,” said Andi Noor Faradiba from Global Humanity Response -ACT team.

Each of the beneficiaries looked happy carrying food packages filled with sugar, flour, rice, cooking oil, dates, milk, and detergent. Faradiba said they needed help because amid living difficult lives in refugee camps, they were under the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s Ramadan, ACT is trying to assist Somalis again.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that some 2.7 million Somalis will face severe food shortages over the coming months as drought conditions affect more areas of the country.

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As reported by VOA,  The United Nations Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesman, Jens Laerke stated that among the estimated 2.7 million Somalis affected, he says are 840,000 children under age five.

“That is an increase of more than 65 percent compared to current levels," said Laerke.  "Water shortages will also increase the risk of disease outbreaks… The loss of rain-fed pasture is threatening the survival of livestock which is the foundation of many Somalis’ livelihoods.  Displaced people have told OCHA that they are moving in search of water and pasture for their animals,” said Laerke.[]