JEDDAH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) has stepped up its relief programs for famine-hit Somalia after the United Nations reported that hundreds of people in the African country are dying each day despite a ramping up of relief aid.
WAMY said on Tuesday that it had sent a delegation to Mogadishu to supervise the distribution of relief supplies among the victims in cooperation with international agencies.
The delegation met with officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the World Doctors Trans-Continents initiative and the crisis management committee of the Somali government and discussed coordination of relief programs.
“Our delegation participated in the distribution of relief among refugees in Mogadishu,” said a statement issued by the Riyadh-based organization. “They also conducted medical tests on refugees and visited public hospitals in the city,” it added.
“Ever since the outbreak of famine in Somalia, WAMY had set up an emergency committee to provide relief for the famine victims in the country in coordination with our office in Mogadishu,” the statement said.
WAMY has so far sent 22 containers of relief supplies to Mogadishu through Djibouti. It also distributed drinking water among families especially in the Bay region, which has now been declared a famine-stricken area. “We also provided emergency assistance to 1,000 families in the Bay and Bakool regions,” it said