Asha Hagi Elmi: Help Somalia’s starving people

News 01.08.2011

Asha Hagi Elmi (RLA 2008) is working for peace and women’s rights in Somalia. She is founder and Chairlady of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), which helps Somali women overcome violence and poverty and works to get their voices heard.

“No parent should have to watch their children dying or have to choose which child to keep alive. The anguish experienced by Somali mothers is unspeakable and inhumane. Hundreds of mothers watch helplessly as their children die in their laps due to hunger, malnutrition and disease.”, Asha Hagi Elmi writes in her letter about the current famine in Somalia.

SSWC is giving out “Dignitary kits” to Somali women providing decent clothing and sanitary items to prevent women from sexual harassment. They also introduced a Nutrition kit for children, elderly and breastfeeding mothers that includes milk powder and porridge flour.

Working on site in the Mogadishu area, SSWC has been collecting clothing, food and water that are being distributed to the IDPs (internally displaced people). However, international help is needed to avoid an even wider spread of the famine.

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