By Adow Mohamed:
Somalia has faced serious drought conditions which has swept a large number of its population majority children to extreme end of deaths and loss of livestock.
The Country has faced heart-rending famine which its severity has been spreading spatially and the impacts getting worse with time.
Recent Somalia’s new President’s move to declare the prolonged drought as a national disaster that risked about half of the country’s population to seek urgent food assistance and sparked fears of a potential famine was something overlooked despite early warnings.
Before the declaration by the new leadership, World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the Country was at risk of a third famine in 25 years of civil war, the last one being in 2011 that left 260,000 people to death.
Somalia leaders appeal to international community to urgently respond to the disaster and help contain the situation to avoid further tragedy didn’t attract much of the international community attention.
However, United Nations has estimated over 5 million people in the Horn of Africa nations need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.
UN reported that over 320,000 children under age 5 are acutely malnourished, and 50,000 of them are so severely malnourished and they risk dying without emergency intervention.
Somalis across the world have put efforts to engage helping their people by running fund drive online through social media, Mosques and in business premises.
One that much attracted the social media was an effort by one Somali student studying in Germany identified as is Ahmed Abdullahi Ahmed who has put online Go fund drive that was circulated on social media.
Ahmed campaigned on social media like many other Somalis and non-Somalis who circulated touching stories and pictures of malnourished children, deaths of people.
He created a go Fund write and circulated it with the following messages;
Dear brothers and sister, my name is Ahmed Abdullahi Ahmed, i am a student who lives in Germany. i am writing you this letter to raise funds to offer urgent aid to our Somali brothers and sisters that suffering famine. Over a million children’s lives are hanging in the balance in Somalia Without help, they are at imminent risk of dying from life-threatening malnutrition. Currently, there are already 363,000 children suffering from malnutrition, and nearly 6.2 million people – or 50% of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance. The drought, impending famine and the presence of Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group, have left the country and its people in a desperate situation. Children are extremely vulnerable right now. our people are dying for hunger, there is no water and they no longer have farms or access to the sea to fish, livestock are dying they need support and help.
Conversely, two weeks ago, the UN has reported that more than 20 million people face starvation in four countries including Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia which are all on the verge of famine.
According to UN it appealed $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent devastation of hunger and famine, but the process of responding to such demands takes long time, therefore, there is the need for Somali traders to stand with their brothers and sisters to save their lives.
Some climate models have already predicted a poor rainy season in the coming season which may further worsen the existing drought conditions.
However, a number of studies have shown that altruistic behavior, the urge to help others even when we jeopardize our own safety, is largely instinctual.
Birds will call out warnings to their brethren, sacrificing themselves to predators Chimpanzees will act selflessly in order to help those who are disadvantaged. Even human infants as young as 18 months will help others with no expectation for a reward. Doing good appears to be an ingrained part of our makeup, motivating us to help those who are most in need and make a positive difference in their lives.
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