Thursday, May 16, 2019

Somali: Relief in the Desert

We drove for hours on roads that were more suited to the camels we saw than the SUV we were in.  It was hot and harsh and everything and everyone was baked in sand. I asked Abdoo, our man on the ground, why in the world there was a refugee camp here. He told me that it was far worse where the people we were going to help had come from.

Thousands and thousands of people had fled drought and conflict and ended up here, in the desert, with nothing. And this is better than what they had been experiencing.  It's difficult to get my head around the horrors these people must have experienced that would make these conditions a relief.

We are the first charity to bring these people any aid.  We brought four trucks with us filled with over 30 tons of rice and 1,000 gallons of cooking oil. All of this was distributed to 1,000 grateful families, around 6000 people.

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