The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which has been carrying out relief operations in Somalia for 15 years, has published a report detailing the acute droughts that have hit East Africa. The report warns that if there is no adequate rainfall in the second rainy season October-November, 2012 will be the year of disasters. The foundation has sent a four-member emergency relief team to the region to carry out relief works in Somalia and Kenya, where hundreds of Somalis have sought shelter.
African countries of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are going through the driest season in 60 years. The United Nations and civil society organizations in the region have mobilized to draw global attention to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa. The IHH sent a team to the region and published a report on the crisis to bring it to Turkish public’s attention.
The IHH report goes through previous droughts in the region with underlying reasons. It is not possible to explain the droughts in the region only with global warming, the report stresses, climatic conditions of the region, combined with war, intensify the impact of droughts.
The report says about $2 billion fund needed to prevent the droughts in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia from turning into a humanitarian disaster, and adds the droughts ravaging the Horn of Africa should be treated as a humanitarian situation, urging emergency measures.
IHH IN KENYA AND SOMALIA
A four-member emergency relief team sent by the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation reached Kenya, where hundreds of thousands of Somalis are sheltered. The team is carrying out relief works in the Dadaab camp on the Kenya-Somalia border that houses an ever increasing 100,000 refugees. The team will later cross into Somalia to carry on relief works there.