Somalia is still in need for help and intervention, your support is still a lifeline for many mothers and children surviving on little every day. The iFundraise campaign is solely launched to fundraise and raise awareness about Somalia’s ongoing crisis. You can contribute in any shape or form that you prefer. One of our suggestion is that you put your running kit on setup a justgiving page here and say it loud and proud #iRun for Somalia. Many have already done and it would be great to see you do it too!
Hailing from a place forgotten by many and unknown by even more; I wonder what it will take to revitalize my people. Unity, cohesion and mobility are the tools we need to rejuvenate and restore faith to the voiceless.
Somalia has been afflicted with the plight of civil war and unrest for the past 21 years. In fact it’s been in this state since my birth, thus having nothing but negative images of my motherland. Once a beautiful and vibrant land visited as a holiday destination by the masses from all over the world; now we see a destitute Somali ridden with poverty and famine.
A complete polar image of the Somalia my parents wanted me to inherit. It really upsets me that 21 years have passed however rather than the state improving it has on the contrary deteriorated. Despite many Statebbuilding and Peacebuilding, missions Somalia remains the world’s longest running instance of complete state collapse in postcolonial history.
In 2012, whoever thought we’d be in the middle of the worlds worst famine since Ethiopia. It saddens me to the core that I cant physically make a difference however through the power of expression we can all join together to highlight the plight of these voiceless people who hold onto so much hope.
Please join me in making blog entries to show solidarity and support to the forgotten nation of Somalia.
Ifrah Hassan | Politics & International Relations Graduate
Today marks the launch of our iFundraise for Somalia campaign. The campaign aims to bring back the momentum and re-energise all the super iFundraisers who want to help Somalia stand on its feet.
Yes, the famine might have ended but the plight of the drought/famine victims still continuous as many of them are displaced and need support to start their livelihood again. Bring them changed! Can we say is loud and proud:
#iCare & #iFundraise for Somalia
Raise awareness about the campaign via Tumblr, Twitter hash-tag #iFundraise, @Somalirdf, Facebook, YouTube.
“During a recent Al Jazeera interview, the head of a Somalia-based charity mission decried the lack of support his people were receiving. He lambasted the world, particularly Arabs and Muslims. He seemed puzzled by the fact that little support is reaching the victims even during the holiest of Muslim periods. Then he spoke of the aid arriving from Gaza. The news anchor cut him off quickly at this point, and moved on to a “related topic”: aid sent by the Qatari government.
I wondered about it myself. Could Israel-besieged Gaza really be sending aid to famine-besieged Somalia?
One of multiple Gaza-led charity campaigns to aid Somalia is called “From Gaza: hand in hand to save the children of Somalia”. According to Ma’an News Agency, this latest effort is led by the Arab Medical Union. “The campaign aimed to demonstrate the extent of physical cohesion between besieged Gaza and Somalia and that the Palestinian people are capable to support and stand with the Somali people,” Ma’an reported on Aug. 2. Palestinians in the West Bank are also mobilizing around help for Somalia. The doctors’ union has opened several bank accounts to accommodate donations.”