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GALKACYO, SOMALIA, April 22, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered food staples to provide 212,400 meals to families stricken with poverty in Somalia, and more are currently being delivered to families struggling with hunger and food insecurity in other countries around the world.

Approximately 600 Somali families living in the Harhar settlement outside of Galkacyo received the donor-funded food packages. A majority of the recipients were women, orphans and the elderly who were displaced from their homes due to ongoing conflict, famine and climate-related disasters.

The food packages, which include items such as rice, flour, sugar and oil, were distributed for the Ramadan season, a time marked by fasting, charity and worship. 

Approximately 1.9 billion Muslims around the world observe the month of Ramadan, but many among them suffer from extreme poverty due to conflict, displacement, natural and man-made disasters, as well as other social, political and economic factors. According to the World Bank, this year saw an increase in poverty levels worldwide — the first rise in a generation of declining levels — due to the global pandemic, conflict, and climate change.

In Somalia, fluctuating drought and flooding have exacerbated food insecurity, and desert locusts have wiped out what little crops were grown. According to the UN, 4.1 million Somalis are food insecure, and 840,000 children under 5 are acutely malnourished. Over 2.9 million Somalis have been internally displaced by violence, famine and floods. 

Baitulmaal provides food, water, medicine, healthcare and other aid to people in Somalia, and plans to deliver 3.9M meals during the 2021 Ramadan season to those in need around the world. The charity also collects and distributes zakat funds on behalf of their donors. If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org. 

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.

 

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