Ramadan Food Packages Bring Smile to Somalian IDPs

Since the spread of the coronavirus, the Somalis have not been able to fulfill their basic needs, especially in IDP camps. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed hundreds of food packages to families in IDP settlements in Mogadishu City on Saturday (5/9).

Some IDPs carrying food packages to their homes. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MOGADISHU - Hundreds of people gathered on a field in Abdi Aziz District, Mogadishu, Somalia. They were queuing for food packages that ACT distributed on Saturday (5/9) afternoon.

"These food packages are gifts from Indonesian philanthropists to orphans and IDPs in Somalia. We aim to benefit 1,897 people through the Ramadan package distribution," said Andi Noor Faradiba from Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT.

The recipients were happy to receive packages that contained sugar, flour, rice, cooking oil, dates, milk and detergent. Faradiba said that they really need help at the moment because the pandemic has worsened their already difficult situation.

Ramadan food packages provided by ACT. (ACTNews)

"As refugees, it’s already difficult for them to have their needs met. With this coronavirus, their life becomes even more difficult. Hopefully, these Ramadan packages can help them through this Ramadan," Faradiba hoped.

Reported by Sindonews, since the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramadan becomes more difficult in Somalia as food prices soar. Internally displaced people are living in difficult conditions. As COVID-19 hampers economy, the IDPs gather whatever they could find with their neighbors to be eaten together.

“As coronavirus broke out in the city and people are not going to work ... we started collecting half dollar, one dollar or two dollars” from families for food, said resident Mohamed Warsame Hirsi.

Social distancing and frequent handwashing to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus are difficult requests for people living at such close quarters and with poor sanitation. “We do not have soap to clean our hands as the virus spreads,” said Khadija Diriye, who also lives at the camp.

Somalia has confirmed 1,089 COVID-19 cases with a total of 52 deaths. People are praying that the pandemic will end soon

“We wish Allah to give us good recovery from disease,” said Hassan Ibrahim, another resident []