A three-member Islamic Relief Canada team from Mississauga has gone over to Somalia on a mission to distribute emergency supplies in the drought-hit areas.
According to the global relief agency, which has its head office in Mississauga, the team is overseeing supplies and mechanism of smooth distribution at various Islamic Relief Canada camps in the affected areas.
The United Nations has warned that more than 6 million Somalis, including children, are at risk and facing acute food insecurity due to famine.
In 2011, an estimated 258,000 Somalis starved to death due to similar famine.
Islamic Relief Canada has committed to raising $1.2 million for internally displaced people in Somalia. So far, it has collected $300,000.
“Canadians have been really generous in donating toward this cause,” said fundraising manager Mahmood Qasim, who is heading the three-member team in Somalia. “Three of us are travelling to Somaliland to distribute food, water and emergency aid and see first-hand the situation there.”
Meanwhile, the team has started distributing emergency supplies including food, water and medicines and is hoping to reach as much affected families as possible.
So far, it has supplied food to 500 households, about 3,700 people, and is preparing to distribute emergency supplies to another 400 households by mid-April.
Islamic Relief is an international aid and development charity that aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people.
Source: Mississauga News