Kitchen and Wash Sets in Mogadishu

    Abdullah ibn Abbas Radiallahu ‘anhu said,

    For me to fulfill the necessities of a Muslim family for a month or for a week or whatever period of time Allah pleases is more beloved to me than performing hajj after hajj. Buying a utensil for even a daaniq (one-sixth of a dirham) and giving it to my brother as a gift for the pleasure of Allah is more beloved to me than spending a dinar in the path of Allah.’

    - Abu Nu’aym in Hilya 1:328

    Alhamdulillah, Ummah Welfare Trust disitrbuted kitchen and wash sets to displaced families in three camps in Mogadishu. Distributions took place for residents of Villa Wajid camp, Adam Kukay camp, both situated in Waberi, and Amana camp, situated in Holwadag. All of the camps are close to the sea and can be seen when one flies into or out of Mogadishu.

    Villa Wajid camp and Adam Kukay were close together. Villa Wajid was bigger though. Both camps had been established in the early nineties during the war. Since then they have increased in size, more notably during last year’s dry season. Conditions in these camps, like in all displacement camps in Mogadishu, were grim. The majority of the residents were women and children and had travelled from the surrounding Banadir Region, Bay, Bakol and Lower Shabelle.

    Amana is one of the largest IDP camps in Mogadishu. It is situated in the Holwadag district of the Banadir Region. In the district there are 908 displaced families. The vast majority were farmers who left their lands due to the insufficient return on them. Families were from Gedo, Middle Juba and Bay.

    Amana Camp was one of the most overcrowded camps in Mogadishu. Its residents had little access to clean water and there was poor sanitation. With the start of the rainy season, diarrhoea had become widespread amongst children here. The nearest hospital, Banadir Hospital, was 10km away.

    Surveys first took place for Villa Wajid and Adam Kukay camps. From these two camps, 525 families were identified – 350 families from Villa Wajid and 125 families from Adam Kukay. These families had little to no possessions and despite their proximity to the capital’s airport, had not received much assistance.

    In the Amana camp, the Ummah Welfare Trust field team identified 443 newly arrived families. They were extremely poor and had no possessions.

    Distributions for each camp took place on separate days, in the morning hours. All of the distributions took place near Adan Ade International airport in the Waberi district.