Under Siege in Somalia: How to Help
Somalia is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Famine is rampant. Millions of people in that country, located in the horn of Africa, are on the brink of starvation. The UN estimates 29,000 children under the age of five have died in southern Somalia and 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across the country. Thousands have fled to Kenya and Ethiopia for help. There are heroes in Somalia who are working tirelessly in perilous situations to ease the suffering there.One such hero is Hawa Abdi, a Somali obstetrician and gynecologist who in 1983 established a one-room clinic near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
An article in Newsweek, "Under Siege in Somalia," recounts an episode in 2010 when Islamist militants invaded Hawa Abdi's camp and held her hostage for several days. "We need the investment of the international community," she said, "to guarantee that we survive this difficult time and return to strength."
How to Help: DFW recommends The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), the largest African health organization on the continent. Reports from the field from the Kenya office are available at www.amref.org. Donation information can be found on the webpage www.amrefusa.org. After indicating a gift amount, the second page allows dedication for specific fund. Please use FAMINE as the designation. If by check, please indicate that designation, and mail to Lisa Meadowcroft, AMREF, 4 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC 10036. For additional info: 212.768.2440.
Badbaado refugee camp Somalia. July 2011., Hamsa for Newsweek