IIROSA continues providing aid to Somali famine victims

By ARAB NEWS

Published: Sep 24, 2011 00:03 Updated: Sep 24, 2011 00:09

JEDDAH: The International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) has distributed more than 8 million kg of food in addition to clothes and medicine in famine-ravaged Somalia.

The tragic situation caused by the famine is being further aggravated by the little help coming from outside, said the organization.

Secretary-General Adnan bin Khalil Basha reiterated that IIROSA would continue its humanitarian and relief efforts in the country, where famine is threatening about 4 million people.

Basha warned against the spreading of the famine to other parts of the country and urged the rest of the world as well as humanitarian, relief and charity organizations to quickly provide help to the Somali people.

“The world should move quickly to help the people of Somalia before the disaster snowballs, becomes difficult to contain and spreads to neighboring countries including Kenya, where more than 400,000 Somali immigrants have sought refuge looking for food and water as well as Ethiopia and Djibouti,” he said.

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A malnourished child is comforted inside a ward at Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday. (Reuters)

Categories: Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia

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