Muslim Aid’s Head of International Programmes Imran Madden and Emergency Programme Manager Jonaed Afzal returned from Somalia this week after distributing emergency relief to displaced persons in and around Mogadishu. They were amongst the very few British aid workers to carry out relief efforts in the disaster affected areas around central Mogadishu.
The visit has confirmed Muslim Aid’s worst fears that unless something is done immediately to provide relief to the people affected by conflict and drought, the Horn of Africa will witness a humanitarian catastrophe which will take much global effort and resources to reverse. A dollar spent on disaster reduction saves 7 in dealing with its aftermath. Commenting on the visit the Head of International Programmes Imran Madden said: “There are thousands of people making their way to Mogadishu who are desperate for assistance – water, food, shelter and medicines. They have lost everything – they have sold their land and possessions and have nothing to go back to.” Muslim Aid Emergency Programme Manager Jonaed Afzal said: “I was really shocked by what I saw in the IDP camps in Mogadishu. We met people who had travelled 400 kilometres on foot. Many children and elderly persons died of hunger and thirst on the way.”
• Muslim Aid is a UK based relief and development agency established in 1985 and has worked in over 70 countries with field offices in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Gambia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan. Muslim Aid works with all in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or political opinion. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.