A Dubai-based health care group last week reached out to thousands of famine-hit refugees and distributed food in the east-African country of Somaliland ahead of Eid Al Adha. A group of volunteers from Aster DM Healthcare distributed meals in Buraco town, east of capital city Hargeisa on August 26. Meals worth Dh1.5 million were shipped in two containers in coordination with Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), Dubai Charity Association and Al Hayat Islamic Foundation in Somaliland. Aster employees from the UAE, India, Philippines contributed for the charity initiative as part of the company’s 30th anniversary year celebrations.
A total of 150,000 meals are being distributed in remote colonies occupied by famine-hit refugees who lack housing, have no electricity or water and survive on handouts by local and international agencies. The volunteers from Dubai arrived in Hargeisa on August 25 and the following day distributed boxes containing 42 ‘Salma’ halal meals to around 3,500 families in three refugees clusters.
On Saturday, hundreds of women and children gathered at Kausar Primary school in Buraco, a small town near the port city of Berbera. “These meals are nice but please give us rice and lentils next time,” an old woman said. “As of June 2017, around three million people, an estimated one quarter of Somalia’s population, are experiencing acute food shortages at crisis or emergency levels and 363,000 children are suffering from malnutrition. Aster aspires to be responsible members of the international community to think about others, and to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of those in less fortunate conditions than we are.