Relief in Bakol

    The Bakol region, situated on the Ethiopian border, remains in difficulty. Aid agencies have left and much of the land is dry and unproductive. Rains have been insufficient and families face daily hunger.

    Allah's Messenger sallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said,
    The generous man is near Allah, near paradise, near men and far from hell, but the miserly man is far from Allah, far from paradise, far from men and near hell. Indeed, an ignorant man who is generous is dearer to Allah than a worshipper who is miserly.’

    - Jami al-Tirmidhi

    Thanks to its donors, Ummah Welfare Trust is traversing rural areas of Somalia seeking out families who still need help. Alhamdulillah towards the end of March, the charity distributed provisions in three major towns in the Bakol district: Wajid, Tiyeglow and Raabdhurre.

    Wajid
     

    Traditionally seen as a strategic town, Wajid is close to the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders. The town was host to a large military base under the Siad Barre regime and many of its residents today are ex-soldiers.

    Nomadic families around Wajid suffered greatly in the recent drought. Their livestock perished and they were forced to rely on hand outs. Ummah Welfare Trust regularly transported water to these areas up until the arrival of the rains.

    On 31st March 2012, Ummah Welfare Trust identified 750 families for food packs and kitchen and wash sets. Alhamdulillah 500 families received food packs and 250 families received the utensil sets.

    Relief in Bakol

    Tiyeglow
     

    Tiyeglow is a historical trading town founded hundreds of years ago by Yemeni migrants. Grapes, olives and lemons are grown here and are exported to the port town of Bosaso in east Puntland.

    Tiyeglow is one of the most peaceful regions in south and central Somalia. It one of the least developed however and poverty here is acute. Many IDPs from Beledweyne arrived recently when Ethiopian forces entered western Somalia. The increased troop arrivals, the fleeing of aid agencies and the area’s remoteness have led to a terrible situation for these IDPs.

    Ummah Welfare Trust field teams surveyed Tiyeglow and the surrounding areas for two days, identifying families for distributions. On 28th March 2012, 1500 families (many of whom were IDPs) received food provisions. On 29th March, a further 250 families received kitchen and wash sets. Families here encouraged Ummah Welfare Trust and its donors not to forget them in this part of the world and continue aiding them inshaAllah.

    Relief in Bakol

    Raabdhurre
     

    Raabdhurre is a flat arid area close to the Ethiopian border. Its residents are some the poorest people in Somalia and have suffered greatly over the years due to drought and conflict.

    Thanks to its donors, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed food packages to 500 families in the region and kitchen and wash sets to a further 250.

    Relief in Bakol

    Relief in Bakol