Hope for families in drought-stricken Somalia

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Most of Salat’s camels, which he depends on for his livelihood, have died because of the drought.

“My camel is not skinny because of disease or another problem,” says Salat Hirst, who is 60 years old.

“It’s starving.”

Salat lives with his wife and six children in Somalia.

Somalia is currently experiencing its worst drought in 20 years. To make matters worse, the last two seasons have also had very poor rainfall.

Like many Somalis, Salat and his family are pastoralists, meaning that much of their livelihood depends on their livestock, and they often move seasonally.

For them, the drought means there is not enough water for their livestock to drink, and as plants and shrubs die off, there is no food left for them either.

Salat brought his family into northern Somalia to see if he could find work in order to provide for his family, but it’s been difficult.

He adds that he used to have 16 camels, but most have died. He expects this one to die soon as well.

However, Salat and his family are finding hope through a project of Canadian Foodgrains Bank member ERDO that is also supported financially through members World Relief Canada, Christian & Missionary Alliance, and the United Church of Canada.

Through the project, 850 drought-affected families like Salat’s are receiving cash vouchers they can redeem at approved local shops to purchase emergency food to help them get by until the rains come again.

The help they are receiving means they will be able to eat a meal each day. It also lets them know there are people around the world who care about their wellbeing. Thank you for your support!