Turkey’s Ambassador to Somalia, Mr Cemalettin Kani Torun, visited Muslim Aid headquarter in London on 24 February 2012. Ambassador Torun met with Muslim Aid Chairman, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, other trustees and staff to discuss the current humanitarian situation in Somalia.
Somalia has been embroiled in an on-going conflict for over 20 years and has twice been affected by famine and humanitarian crises. The recent devastating famine has added to the suffering of its people and has caused great economic, social and political damage to the country. As Somalia recovers from this further setback, the country requires international assistance to attain stability. Muslim Aid supports Turkey taking a leading role in coordination between governments, NGOs and the local and international community to find a solution to improve the situation of the people of Somalia.
Commending Muslim Aid’s work in Somalia, the Ambassador said, “I congratulate Muslim Aid on its good work. Muslim Aid’s presence there is very important. There are some areas at the moment which need to be addressed. The returning IDPs need a new life. Education, healthcare and microfinance programmes and other infrastructure projects in areas where the IDPs are returning to, are very important.”
Since the launch of its emergency campaign last year for Somalia, Muslim Aid has provided aid to people affected by the severe drought. Muslim Aid Somalia has also continued to provide assistance for education, healthcare and water & sanitation in Somalia. The projects include an immunisation programme to vaccinate 740,000 children against measles, polio and whooping cough in Mogadishu, rehabilitation of 60 shallow wells to provide clean water to over 30,000 IDPs as well as hosting communities and construction of 400 latrines for IDP camps, health centers, schools and hospitals.
Mr Torun was in London this week to take part in the London Conference on Somalia which was attended by delegates from over 40 countries, including Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN.