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URGENT: MCF make call to action over severe drought after meeting with Somaliland Foreign Minister

22nd November 2016

The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) were honoured to hold a roundtable discussion with Said Ali Shire, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Somaliland and UK Ambassador of Somaliland Ali Adan Awale with our member charities on Friday 18 November 2016. The event was hosted at the Muslim Aid offices and chaired by the African Relief Fund.

The meeting was a unique opportunity for the Minister to highlight the dire drought situation and the many challenges faced by people in Somaliland.

Early in the year an MCF delegation were welcomed in Hargeisa in April 2016 to learn more about the situation in the country. According to Minister Said, approximately 1 million people are affected by the drought and a quarter of a million are in need of immediate assistance. With the government limited in its resource to help all those affected, Muslim humanitarian agencies such as those represented under the Muslim Charities Forum are in an ideal position to support and help aid efforts in the country who are often quicker to respond to emergencies than official UN bodies.

The event was worthwhile and productive for our members who had a chance to learn from each other as well as from the Minister and Ambassador. The meeting also reaffirmed commitment to work together productively in the region for relief.

CALL TO ACTION:

In light of the worsening situation in Somaliland, MCF is calling on its members to reserve funds and commit them to supporting the relief work being led by fellow MCF member African Relief Fund.

Please contact Muktar Behi, African Relief Fund Executive Director via mbehi@arf.org.uk,  01217534339 to collaborate and co-ordinate a strategic response to this ever worsening crisis. 

To support the relief efforts with a donation, please visit http://www.arf.org.uk/