Somalia Drought Response
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Somalia Drought Emergency Response

“(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake

of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9

United Muslim Relief is launching an emergency relief force to get immediate help to the people of Somalia. Five million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance.

Thousands of Somalis families are in need of food, clean water, and shelter. Four out of 10 people are in struggling to survive.

The sparse rainfall and fighting between Islamist militants are the main causes for the deprivation of the crop harvests and livestock herds, putting millions of lives at risk. UMR plans to provide life-saving assistance to families by sending family assistance packages for $150. Each care pack includes clean drinking water, food, and hygiene kits. Our aim is to reduce malnutrition, protect the thousands of displaced families and restore their dignity.

“Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation,”-Peter de Clercq U.N. humanitarian coordinator.

UMR is responding to the famine in Somalia with a holistic program. During a famine, one of the most impacted segments of society is children. According to the U.N. 320,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of immediate support and amongst those in need 50,000 are desperately waiting for life-saving treatment.

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has launched a US$864 million humanitarian response plan for 2017 that will target an estimated 3.9 million Somalis in need of emergency food assistance.

The plan was launched today in the Somali capital at an event attended by the Speaker of the federal parliament’s House of the People Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, senior representatives of UN agencies and the heads of foreign diplomatic missions in Somalia.

The humanitarian response plan seeks to provide life-saving assistance to vulnerable groups, reduce acute malnutrition, reinforce the protection of displaced persons and promote the restoration of livelihoods.

Peter de Clercq, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia who is also the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, said the plan outlines priority humanitarian needs and response activities for this year.

“I am therefore reiterating my call to the international community to step up strong support to the people of Somalia,” Mr. de Clercq said.

The humanitarian response plan was launched against the backdrop of a persistent drought that has hit northern and south central parts of Somalia, exacerbating an already precarious food insecurity situation. Sparse rainfall has significantly reduced crop harvests and livestock herds, putting millions of lives at risk.

A report released by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warns that increasing numbers of people could face acute food shortages in the coming months.

Five million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the report. But 3.9 million may actually receive such aid, according to Justin Brady, the Head of the UNOCHA Office in Somalia, owing to funding challenges that limit capacity and security conditions that restrict access to some communities.

Over one million Somalis are facing “crisis” and “emergency” levels of food insecurity, and their numbers are expected to rise to 1.3 million by May of this year.

The report estimates that 320,000 acutely malnourished children need urgent nutrition support, and among them are 50,000 severely malnourished children who require life-saving treatment.

Mr. Jawari represented the Federal Government of Somalia at the event and welcomed the launch of the humanitarian response plan, which he said is in alignment with Somalia’s recently adopted National Development Plan.

“The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to do its level best to ensure a timely and well-coordinated response to the drought. We are working closely with humanitarian organisations and we have already put in place drought response mechanisms,” said the Speaker of the House of the People.

Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General  for Somalia, said the situation will pose a big challenge to the country’s federal government.

“The agenda for the incoming Federal Government of Somalia has to be affected by this crisis. And in some ways, the legitimacy of the incoming Government will in part be viewed by the degree to which it comes to terms with this problem and puts its weight behind solving it,” Mr. Keating stated.