Within two days of being sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the Transitional Government, Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, established an emergency National Humanitarian Committee to direct the government’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the country. Shortly after being appointed the Prime Minister met with key UN agencies and continues to work with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to help the delivery of aid in Somalia.
Together with the Mayor of Mogadishu, the Committee has delivered food and basic items to the camp. Through the Committee, the government has committed $500,000 of emergency aid. In total food, shelters, blankets and other non-food items have been provided to displaced people in eight of the sixteen IDP camps in the capital.
“The plight of the Somali people is desperate. I saw with my own eyes today the suffering of my people right in the heart of our capital, in the camp we established for those who need our help. But as thousands more Somalis flood into these safe, government-controlled areas of Mogadishu we call upon all international partners to step up their support.”
The Committee has also been working with the media and international media partners to highlight the appeal and the bank account it has set up. The Somali Diaspora have donated generously and the first International aid agencies, Qatar charity has provided emergency supplies.
“Today the world’s attention is on my country but I ask the world to address the fundamental causes of this humanitarian catastrophe and urgently ask for the resources needed to rebuild the Somali state in the midst of an ongoing conflict. I am determined to see the country be able to look after its own people but we will need committed international support to do so.
“This is going to get worse for the Somali people, before it gets better.”
Notes to editors
The Committee resolved that the 100% of the aid will reach it’s the drought stricken population.
Communication Director, office of the PM
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