MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gathered around a massive shipment of food bound for Somalia, members of the Minnesota Somali community asked for support Friday in their efforts to feed their countrymen who are starving because of severe drought.
Hope for the City, Feed My Starving Children and other non-profits are also helping in the local relief effort.
Together the non-profits and the Somali community are sending 250,000 meals to Somalia.
“There are also hospital supplies on this container, and things they can use on the ground for wound care,” said Megan Doyle, of Hope for the City.
Qamar Hassan, a nurse and Somalia native who has lived in Minnesota for the last eight years, said that she is going to help the hungry in her homeland.
“It is very sad, especially for children and women,” she said. “I want to do everything, yet I don’t know what to do. I’m here, it’s horrible.”
If you would like to help the Somali relief effort, go to Hope for the City’s website.