Face of hunger: One dirham can save a life

gulfnews : Face of hunger: One dirham can save a life.

  • Image Credit: EPA
  • A severly malnourished child who has been connected to a drip sits with her mother while waiting for further medical assistance from ‘The Gift of the Givers’ at a makeshift medical camp for famine stricken Somalis in the Hawlwadag district, Mogadishu, Somalia, 03 August 2011. Three more areas of Somalia, including parts of the capital, were declared famine hit on 03 August, with the United Nations warning that the country’s prospects were worsening

Dubai: It takes Dh3.67 to fill four cups with nutritious meals and feed four children. Had seven-month-old Minhaj Gedi Farah been given this 10 days ago, he would not have stared at death.

But aid came on time. Minhaj weighed 3.2kg (left) when he first arrived at a field hospital ward in Dadabb, Kenya. Six hundred grams heavier, at 3.8kg (right), the expression in his eyes has changed. For the moment, he can look up at life. Of the 29,000 children under the age of five who have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, his is the only success story.

How to donate in the UAE:

  1. Dubai Islamic Bankaccount 001-520-6066666-01
  2. Dar Al Bir Society: At branches and stands in malls
  3. Sharjah Charity Association: SMS 6212 to donate Dh20, and 6215 to donate Dh100.
  4. Red Crescent Authority: Online donations 

 “He is in stable condition and he is doing well,” said Dr John Kiogora of the International Rescue Committee, who has been treating Minhaj since his arrival in late July.

Startling photos of Minhaj’s twig-like arms and hollow cheeks made him the frail face of the worst famine in 60 years. “He has no problem compared to the past days,” said his mother Asiah Dagane, who now smiles broadly and frequently plants kisses on the baby’s cheeks. “Now he sleeps the bulk of the night. When he wakes up, he is hungry and wants milk.”

“I’m very joyful,” his doctor said. “The best thing I have done for this child is to make sure I’ve saved his life.” The UN says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise sharply.


4 thoughts on “Face of hunger: One dirham can save a life

  1. Pingback: Face of hunger: One dirham can save a life | Tea Break

  2. According to a UN study, every year about one third (1/3) of EATABLE food goes to waste (mainly because of it’s taste or colour). It has been calculated that earth produces enough food to feed everyone. Yet some are starving, some are dying because of someone else’s irresponsibility.
    We overeat, we throw away whatever we don’t like, we give away hundreds in luxurious restaurants and we spend thousands on needless shopping – we are responsible for thousands deaths and we don’t care. Disgusting!

    Thank you for spreading the word.

  3. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog – I can’t agree with you more, about food. And the first comment in this post was interesting too. Life is so valuable and we don’t even realize sometimes.

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