DOHA: The Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities (QCVA) handed over the second consignment of humanitarian aid to support Somalian people to the country’s embassy here yesterday. The consignment contained used clothes and household items for the Somalians hit by the worst drought in their country’s recent history.
The campaign to collect humanitarian aid would continue at least for six months and it would be extended for next year if needed, secretary General of QCVA, Yousif Ali Al Kazim told the media yesterday. “We will now start colleting tents and generators that will be sent in the next consignment,” said Al Kazim.
Ambassador of Somalia, Omar Sheikh Ali Idris and Director General of Islamic Dawah Organisation, Hammad Abdul Qadir were also present.
The ambassador thanked the QCVA and Qatari people for this humanitarian gesture and said that the embassy will make sure that the aid would reach the deserving people in Somalia.
“We do not differentiate among the people of Somalia in the distribution of foreign aid. Even people living in the rebel strongholds are also getting the aid. The government has no objection in sending aid to them except in the case of those who are posing a real threat to the national security,” said Idris. The drought has displaced thousands of families in Somalia. Now they are in urgent need of shelters to protect themselves during theforthcoming rainy season, said the ambassador.
Food items have been distributed to some 12,000 families in Mogadishu and now the aid reaches even the remote areas of the country. “ We will go to every single family affected by the drought in Somalia.” said Director General of Islamic Dawah, Hammad Abdul Qadir.
“Our project is focusing now on providing water by digging wells and looking for other alternate ways to support people who are depending on cattle breading for their livelihood,” he added.
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