The following is the latest report by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman from Somalia. No matter how big our problems seem to be, they do not compare with the starvation crisis in Somalia. Are you able to help?
Greetings of Peace
“As the hunger took its toll a husband and wife left their two children in the ‘forest’. They could not bear the thought of their children dying in front of their eyes nor did they want their children to sense that they (the parents) were dying”.
This is Somalia; a monumental African tragedy that requires an urgent, co-ordinated international response to alleviate a massive human tragedy. Conservatively three million Somalis are affected by drought, starvation, disease and death. In preparation for its imminent emergency airlift from Johannesburg to Mogadishu, Gift of the Givers Horn of Africa representative, Dr AM Hashi, arrived in Mogadishu on Monday evening, to meet the government, relevant role players, and arrange logistics including warehousing, transport and security.
South Africans from every strata of society from Soweto to Sandton have started responding to their fellow African brothers and sisters. This is a huge tragedy and requires an overwhelming generous response, the latest offer of assistance coming from the Massmart group.
Those wanting to participate in this life saving initiative can deposit into :
Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account 052278611, Branch Code 057525.
Please fax or email deposit slip to 394-3780 /firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details www.giftofthegivers.org or call tollfree 0800786911.
Imtiaz Sooliman (Nairobi).