Muslim Aid began distribution of emergency aid on July 10 in Mogadishu, handing out food packs, water and kitchen utensils to around 1000 people on the first day of distribution. The first stage is targeting IDP camps in Mogadishu and Afgoye corridor, a region of Somalia with already alarming high numbers of internally displaced people. After Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia is the third largest refugee-producing country in the world.
There are acute levels of hunger and malnutrition as food prices continue to escalate, with women, children and elderly increasingly vulnerable. Muslim Aid’s Country Director Ahmed Abdi Muhummed said: "currently the drought is resulting in around 2500 people entering Mogadishu every day. Many people are travelling hundreds of kilometers on foot; one lady left her house with six children, sadly she arrived with only two.”