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Canucks Step Up to Aid Stricken Somalia (12 months ago)

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Check out this article written by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun about the efforts of Global Medic and other organizations to help Somalia:

“It has been a tough time for east Africa.

And not only does Canada care but we are also there to help.

In fact, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (pictured above) himself was on hand to support a special announcement Saturday by the International Development Relief Foundation, GlobalMedic and the Canadian Somali Congress.

“For three years, drought conditions have devastated crops and livestock in the East African region, resulting in nearly 20 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia facing starvation, and approximately 600,000 children under five at imminent risk of extreme malnutrition,” Toronto paramedic Rahul Singh, GlobalMedic’s executive director, said in a statement released Saturday.

“This massive hunger crisis is compounded by a lack of safe drinking water, which has resulted in widespread waterborne illness across the country,” he added.

These organizations have put together Family Emergency Kits to support those in need in Somalia.

And with Somali-born Hussen, they were packing them up and getting them ready to go.

“What you are seeing here is Canadians’ generosity and Canadians’ ability to step up,” said Hussen. “Our government has committed $119-million toward the worst affected countries.”

The Family Emergency Kits include “essential ready-to-use supplementary food, oral rehydration sachets, hygiene items, Lucky Iron Fish to provide dietary supplementation of iron, and a Rainfresh Household Water Purification Unit that will provide a family with safe drinking water for an entire year.

Once the kits are prepared, they will be delivered to families in Somalia threatened by famine.

The Trudeau government has also “pledged to match all funds raised for famine relief in East Africa until June 30.”

Hussen said “these packs contain elements that are vital to people’s survival.”

The relief packages will be sent to the region immediately.

“We can’t stand around and watch children die,” Singh said. “These kits will be the difference between life and death for thousands of families.”

“Canada needs to step up and answer this call for help, he added.”

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