Relief in Afgoye

    A man asked the Allah’s Messenger Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, ‘What qualities of Islam are good?’ Allah’s Messenger Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam replied, 'To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.’

    - Sahih al-Bukhari

    The fertile area of Afgoye, around 30km west of Mogadishu, is in the district of Lower Shabelle. It has traditionally been seen as the most prosperous land in Somalia.

    Large farming projects were initiated here under the Siyad Barre regime. Much of Somalia’s fruit produce is now grown in Afgoye, including watermelons, mangoes and bananas.

    The Ummah Welfare Trust team recently undertook 3 days of surveys in area, identifying widowed and orphaned families. Many of these families had fled from Bay and Bakol during last year’s dry season.

    One particular Markaz and its residents were targeted. Tadamun Orphanage Centre was established in 1992 and is now one of the largest orphanages in Afgoye with over 500 orphans residing on its campus. More surveys identified a further 200 families with disabled members or orphans.

    Alhamdulillah on 1st March 2012, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed 760 large food packages (which last 4-6 weeks) to residents of Afgoye. The breakdown of recipients was:

    • 506 orphaned families
    • 138 families with disabled members
    • 116 displaced families

    The distribution took place at Tadamun Orphanage.

    The challenges faced by these steadfast Muslims in rural Somalia have been, and continue to be, great indeed. Ummah Welfare Trust asks Allah to continue using it as the means of confronting these challenges and to be a source of ease and safety for these Muslims till the Day of Qiyamah inshaAllah. Ameen.