Gaza: Funds raised to aid famine-stricken Somalians

[ 03/08/2011 – 12:38 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Arab Medical Union in Gaza has been campaigning to raise funds to aid famine-stricken Somalians as the country sees the worst drought in sixty years.

‘’The campaign is aimed at showing the physical cohesion between the besieged Gaza and Somalia, and that the Palestinians have the ability to support and stand by the Somalis,’’ said Abdurrahman al-Haddad, the coordinator for the AMU emergency committee.

He added that despite the Gazans’ ordeal, they still ‘’feel the pain’’ of Muslims everywhere, especially in Somalia, where tragedy abounds.

The AMU has already sent a delegation and several aid convoys to Somalia, Haddad said, pointing out that those who saw what was happening there first-hand said the disaster is ‘’greater than can be described’’, as some 11 million Somalians are at risk of dying and four million experience hunger.

He went on to say that the campaign, titled ‘’from Gaza…hand in hand to save the children of Somalia’’, will continue throughout Ramadan.

All donations should be monetary and will be transferred to the AMU office in Egypt. From there food and medicines would be purchased and dispatched to the victims in Somalia. Haddad pointed out that just $10 could save the life of one person.

According to reports, one Somalian child dies of hunger every hundred seconds. Everyday more people die in the famine than all of the victims killed in Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip two years back.


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