Thousands of Iftar Dishes from Generous Friends Reduce Somalia's Food Insecurity

In the Malable refugee camp, Garasabaley district, Banaadir, Somalia, generous friends distributed Iftar meals to a thousand Muslim brothers and sisters. Volunteers gave them food aid so that they do not have to suppress their hunger even when it is time to break the fast.

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In Garasabaley, Somalia, volunteers distribute iftar meals to internally displaced persons. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANAADIR – Somalia's economy has collapsed due to nearly two and a half decades of armed conflict. The invasion of desert locusts, assumed to have originated in Ethiopia and Sudan, has aggravated the situation, causing farmers often to face crop failures.

Agricultural productivity has also suffered due to the rains, with Somalia seeing its third consecutive severe rainy season since the end of 2020. Rain that should have soaked Somalia's soil failed to do so. The drought in the Muslim-majority country has become even worse.

In Somalia, crises have resulted in significant food shortages. Almost every resident suffers from hunger. Many of them eventually left Somalia in large numbers.

According to data compiled by the Aksi Cepat Tanggap Global Humanity Response (GHR) Team, 870,000 Somalis fled to the Horn of Africa and Yemen. An estimated 2.1 million Somalis became internally displaced people.

Somali IDPs find it burdensome to meet their food demands throughout Ramadan, including breaking their fast, due to food insecurity. IDPs at Malable Camp in Banaadir City's Garasabaley District, for example. They appeared to have been accustomed to suppressing hunger even when it was time to break the fast.

Therefore, on Monday (4/25/2022), the benefactors, through ACT, attempted to ease the burden of the IDPs by providing Iftar meals to help them break their fast.

"On April 25, we distributed Iftar aid. We dispersed it near the immediate vicinity of the tent. During this holy month, at least 1,000 Somalis enjoyed a proper dish for breaking their fast. The iftar dishes consisted of a hefty piece of biryani rice with large slices of meat," ACT's Global Humanity Network team member Firdaus Guritno remarked.

The Somalis appeared to be pleased with the distribution of the Iftar food. They rushed out of their simple tent, enthusiastically forming a line to have an Iftar meal. Volunteers also helped some Somalis who had trouble walking by placing meals immediately in front of their tents. []