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ERCS Provides Food For Drought Victims In Somali Region

Post Date: Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) continued second round supplementary food distribution in Gursum and Jigjiga districts of Somali region for more than seven thousand drought affected people.

Amina Seid, 41, and her family lives in Bombas, a village in one of the worst drought-affected areas in Somali region. Amina who is a mother of five is a farmer who is struggling to feed herself and her young children.

“Last year has been the worst ever. I have little or no money coming into the house,” said Amina. “There has been no rain, no harvest. The ground has remained a desert, offering us nothing. I can’t remember when we all last ate three meals a day.”

“If I did not get the assistance, me and my children would be dead here. Because I have been able to get this supplementary food, my children are living and we are surviving,” she added.

Tayib Muhumed, Head of ERCS Somali Regional Branch said that the food distribution is focusing on the neediest. “We’re getting aid to where it is needed, but we’re doing it in such a way that it gives relief at least to children under five, pregnant and lactating women.”

Khedir Nur, Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau Head at Gursum District, noted the support would have encouraging outcome to many of the parents struggling to feed their children.

According to Humanitarian Requirements Document published in August 2016, more than 2.3 million drought victims need supplementary food and 400,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition.

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