20 Aug 2011

AIF's 2nd relief team arrives in the region. Request duas for the success of this mission.

1. 16 JULY 2011: At the invitation of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Confernce, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), an assessment team will leave for Mogadishu on Monday 18 July 2011 to join an assessment team in identifying the current to long term needs of the drought affected victms. Further updates to follow. 2. 20 JULY 2011: AIF team board a UN chartered flight together with OIC officials from Nairobi to Mogadishu, Somalia. Under tight security, the team visited various refugee camps housing thousands of under nourished men, women and children. The team witnessed severe malnutrition, disease and hunger in these camps. A detailed report will follow. 3. 22 JULY 2011: A relief aid package is being prepared in association with the OIC based in Jeddah who will provide logistical and other support to the AIF. AIF team to meet with OIC delegation in Jeddah on Sunday 24 July 2011 at the OIC headquarters to finalise arrangements. Team to represent AIF in Turkey on 28 July 2011 at the invitation of the OIC. Updates to follow. 4. 1 August 2011: AIF secures a FREE C130 Hercules Military Cargo plane FREE of charge from the Jordanian military. Aid will be airlifted to Mogadishu soon. 5. 11 AUGUST 2011: AIF's 2nd relief team arrives in the region. Request duas for the success of the mission. 6. 12 AUGUST 2011: AIF conducts a major distribution of food and relief items to hundreds of hungry families at the BUULO IDP REFUGEE CAMP . The team is shocked to witness first-hand the level of desperation and hunger. AIF concludes the day with meetings with different role players at the OIC office in Mogadishu. 7. 13 AUGUST 2011: The day begins with a scheduled, well-structured distribution at the ARIF IDP CAMP. Thanks goes out to our implementing partner, ZAM ZAM FOUNDATION for their professionalism and cooperation. The camp comprises small temporary shelters with an area of 1,5m by 1,5m housing up to 5 people. The make shift shelters are made of twigs, branches and scarves. A very sad sight indeed. Men, women and children live together in these camps. The team were taken aback when hearing the young children at this camp reciting Surah Dhuha fluently and beautifully. This brought tears to their eyes. 8. 13 AUGUST 2011: AIF holds a meeting with major role players and it is decided that a primary health centre for emergencies is required urgently as 6 babies died in the ARIF IDP Camp alone. The IDP's are in desperate need of medical attention at all the camps. A special request was also made for plastic sheeting as rains are expected in the near future. The make shift shelters are made of twigs, branches and scarves and this will not be effective during the rainy season. 9. 13 AUGUST 2011: Due to security reason, the distribution of food aid had to be postponed at the HIDAYA REFIGEE CAMP. This distribution will take place once our security detail give us the go ahead. We pray that peace will befall Somalia soon and the thousands of refugees will be alleviated from the pain, hunger and starvation. 10. 14 AUGUST 2011: AIF initiates a medical treatment clinic for the refugees at the WABERI IDP Camp, especially the undernourished and dehydrated children. It was a sad sight to once again witness the condition of these poor and impoverished people. Some young children were so undernourished and weak that they needed to be carried onto the weight scales so that their weight could be recorded for medical purposes. A sad day indeed but with a happy ending knowing that we were making a positive difference in these lives of these poor and suffering people. Over a thousand patients were attended to and received the appropriate medication. 11. 14 AUGUST 2011: AIF conducts a first-hand account to a group of influential individuals and role players in Johannesburg via a live linkup from Mogadishu, Somalia. 12. 15 AUGUST 2011: It was early start for the AIF team in Mogadishu, Somalia. Yacoob Vahed, founder and CEO of AIF had a live interview on Channel Islam International. This was an emotional interview with Br. Ebrahim Gangat. The AIF team with a group of local doctors carried out a medical clinic at the DIGFER IDP Camp to treat hundreds of poor IDP’s. Once again, the teams were shocked at the health conditions of the young children. It was sad to see that many kids and babies were just skeletons covered in little flesh. A sad sight indeed. 13. 16 AUGUST 2011: Medical rehabilitation is a serious issue regarding the thousands of IDP’s that have fled their homes in search of food. Due to undernourishment and lack of good food, their health has become vulnerable to disease causing their health to seriously deteriorate. Therefore AIF is conducting various medical treatment clinics across an array of IDP camps in the region. Today, another medical treatment clinic was setup at the TURDOR IDP Camp. It was an emotional day for the team members. Updates to follow. 14. 22 AUGUST 2011: Al Imdaad Foundation sets up a field office In Mogadishu to co-ordinate humanitarian activities within Somalia for the next 36 months after which a permanent office will be registered. Medium to long term projects under negotiation. Updates to follow.
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