- Shaikh Hamad Bin Fahd Al Thani: “The drought surge in Somalia has left bad consequences on all aspects of life.”
- Jasem Aljesem: “The situation in Somalia is heart breaking and it is a real catastrophe.”
- Ahmed Alali: “I have seen a real and unconceivable catastrophe; Qatar Charity assistance continues.”
A humanitarian delegation from Qatar Charity (QC) headed by his Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has visited Somalia where it observed the situation there, launched a large Relief Projects, and met with the prime minister of Somalia and other officials.
The delegation included: Mr. Jasem Aljasem, the advisor to the Executive Manager of Qatar Charity, Mr. Mansour Dafaa, an advisor of International Arbitration and a member of the General Assembly of Qatar Charity, Mr. Ahmed Saleh Alali, Qatar Charity’s Media Manager, MR. Nayef Alanzy, and other media contributors including: Abdellah Anzy, Ahmed Abdellah, Sayed Hussam Rowhy, Abdullah Helali, and from Marsal Qatar network Mr. Yaseen Harsi.
After observing the Somalis’ difficult conditions of living, Qatar Charity’s delegation launched a number of important humanitarian projects including opening a kitchen that will serve 7000 people and launching of an artesian well that will provide drinking water for about 4000 in drought-devastated areas.
The visit aims at surveying the humanitarian conditions of people to continue distributing humanitarian aid, and to mobilize donations for quality and sustained projects.
His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, head of Qatar Charity’s delegation, pointed out that the recent surge of drought has an effect on all aspects of life in Somalia. It has caused a loss of livestock that farmers relied on for daily needs, and people take refuge at shelters at cities so that they could find minimal safety and stay alive.
He also praised people who donated for Somalis in need and Qatar Charity’s great efforts in this field to overcome the catastrophe through its humanitarian projects. He also expressed his hope that this campaign continues, as the amount of hardship caused by the surge of drought is difficult.
He also expressed his thanks to Mr. Hamaza Bin Hamze the Chargé d'affaires of the Qatari Embassy in Somalia for facilitating to a successful mission that the Qatar Charity’s delegation had.
A catastrophe beyond imagination
Detailing more on the humanitarian condition in Somalia, Mr. Jasem Aljasem, the Advisor to the Executive Manager of Qatar Charity, said that the visit was an opportunity for the delegation to observe the hardship of our brothers and sisters in Somalia, adding: “It is in fact a catastrophe, unbelievable thing. There is a gloomy and heart breaking situation, it is a fact. Nobody could imagine the existence of people living in such situation. Somalians have been suffering for 3 years because of drought and this is what made the living conditions unbearable. Thousands of families had to take refuge at other areas so that they could have some food or a sip of water. Those who couldn’t make it are among the dead.”
In his part, Mr. Sayed Mansour Aldafe’ “The international arbitrary advisor” and the General Assembly member of Qatar Charity said, “We are not talking about developmental or sustainable projects; these project are luxurious compared to the real situation that millions of Somalis are living. We are talking about a piece of bread or a sip of water. We visited the place so that we could carry their massage and need to Qataris. After observation, we ask the good people of Qatar to help their brothers and sisters in Somalia, and to do it fast. Anything could help; excavating wells or provide food and medicine. To be thankful for the blessings in our life, we should donate to the poor and needy especially children, elderly and children. They are at risk of dying every day because of this catastrophic drought. This what we have witnessed by our own eyes and covey to ou honestly.”
A real Catastrophe
In his part, the Media Manager at Qatar Charity, Mr. Ahmed Saleh Alali said that the visit is a humanitarian in nature, as he put it “Being in the field is more informative.” He continued that the visit aims for certain goals such as, monitoring Qatar Charity’s projects, which are the fruit of a large humanitarian campaign that followed the ongoing crisis since the beginning. In addition, it aims to alleviate the suffrage of the displaced and provide food for them through several important projects in this field.”
He also pointed that the situation there is very difficult and the whole Somali nation is groaning in pain by one of the most dangerous drought surges ever; prompting for more support campaigns. Pointing that he is bear witness an unimaginable catastrophe that needs an immediate intervention to save who are still alive.
Media contributor Abed Alanzy called for the munificent of the Qatari nation to stand beside their brothers and sisters in Somalia to relieve their crisis. Pointing that the Qatari Nation has a long history of giving and doing good deeds. He continue that he have seen millions of people sharing few tents together, looking with their wandering eyes for hope. He calls and asks for the munificent of this good nation to help their brothers and sisters in Somalia who lost “everything.”
A call for help
Mr. Ahmed Abdullah, a media contributor, asserted that words could not describe the extent of the catastrophe Somalia is facing. The current drought surge has deteriorated the crisis after the insecurity problem has already prevailed in the country, as he put it. From his position he called the Qatari nation to continue their support to the needy so that Qatar stays a refuge for the oppressed and this a time to help Somalis through assistance.
It is noteworthy to mention that Qatar Charity has dedicated a radio show called “Motanafeson” through Quran Station to collect donation to support its humanitarian projects in Somalia. Many competing teams has joined the show and the audience was very cooperative in donating and interacted positively with show presenter Dr. Abdel Rahman Hamy, Sheikh Hamad Bin Fahd Al Thani, Mr. Jasem Aljasem and media contributor Fahed Beshara.
As the crisis continues in the midst of lack of basic needs, more help and efforts are needed. Qatar Charity calls for donors to continue their support to save Somalia.
Methods of donation
The good people of Qatar can continue their support to brothers and sisters in Somalia who are facing hardship and lack of water, food and medicine, through these contributions: “providing water” valued 100 QR, “Food Basket” valued 300 QR, and “Medical Services” valued 500 QR. You can also donate using these means: send via SMS with a text massage containing soa to the number 92632 to donate 50 QR, to the number 92642 to donate 200 QR, or to the number 92428 to donate 500 QR.
You can also Donate via e-mail that you can find at qcharity.org, via the hotline; 44667711, or through collection points and self-service machines that belong to Qatar Charity at shopping malls.