SOMALIS living in Tanzania have donated 100,000 US dollars (about 260m/-) to support their fellow citizens who are facing hunger after an acute drought hitting the horn of Africa.
The region has been hit by a worst drought which was last seen 60 years ago threatening more than 20 million people across four countries facing starvation and famine.
Somalia Ambassador to Tanzania Mohammed Hassan Abdi rallied Somalis in the country ranging to businesspersons, workers and ordinary ones to support fellow citizens back home. “Somalia is facing one of the worst ever drought for the past 60 or more years.
This situation has prevented food crops production leading to acute scarcity of both food and water. “As we gather here to raise funds to help our fellow countrymen back in Somalia, we have to take note that the food crisis has reached an alarming level as about 40 people die day in, day out,” Mr Abdi said.
He said over six million Somalis are facing starvation and famine and are in need of assistance from those living abroad. Donors had a chance to watch a recorded Somali National TV documentary showing the affected areas. “By giving a donation you have saved a number of lives back home…please make a history today for not let others to starve to death,” Amb Abdi said.
Speaking at the event, the Djibouti Honorary Consul in Tanzania Mr Said Shamo said what is happening back home demands an emergency action.
“There is no time to waste in tackling this famine….We have to act at whatever cost and a top speed…so that together we can offer a substantial food and humanitarian support to our suffering relatives,” Mr Shamo, who has Somali origin, said.
According to the United Nations, world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa. UN urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid “to avert a catastrophe”.
The UN estimated it need 4.4billion US dollars by July to avert the human crisis.