|Iran assists people in famine-stricken Somalia||
The Islamic Republic of Iran is providing relief aid for thousands of displaced people in the war-torn Somalia, Press TV reports.
Iran's Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) launched a feeding program in the famine-stricken capital city of Mogadishu on Tuesday, as part of its ongoing aid relief for the people of the African country.
According to Jalil Setayeshfar of the IKRF, the program, which was launched on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), aims to help feed thousands of displaced people in several camps throughout the country.
He said that the foundation, along with the Islamic Republic Red Crescent team, plans to launch bigger projects in the future, including borehole drilling in order for the impoverished people to have access to clean drinking water.
“We thank the Iranian Red Crescent society and the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation for remembering U.S. during the famine. We hope our Muslim brothers will come to our rescue,” a refugee told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu.
Iranian Red Crescent is among the first groups to initiate a program to resettle internally displaced persons after the UN declared that three regions of Somalia are no longer experiencing famine.
Drought and famine affected millions of people across Africa with Somalia being the hardest-hit country in what was described as the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.
IKRF opened up offices in Mogadishu during the peak of the 2011 famine as a part of its continued assistance to the people of Somalia.
Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees, who fled the drought and famine, continue to languish in camps in Mogadishu, and depend on assistance from well-wishers.
Iran has dispatched thousands of tons of food aid and medical supplies to the people of Somalia.
(Source: Press TV)
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