As the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development notes: “From 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016 and now 2017, datelines change but the stories of unimaginable hardship, death and deprivation remain largely the same.”
As with the frequency, the severity has also intensified. The 2011 East African drought was reportedly the region’s worst for 60 years. But while that crisis affected over 12 million people, today’s has already left an estimated 12.8 million severely food insecure. And things are expected to worsen in the coming months with low rainfall forecast from March to May.
‘Whosoever feeds his brother bread until he is satisfied, and gives him water until he quenches his thirst, Allah will move him away from the fire of Hell by seven trenches; the distance between two trenches is that of 500 years (travelling).’
[Mustadrak al Hakim]
Save The Mothers Trust has been working through the years delivering food to drought-hit families. In response to the now worsening situation, the charity has relaunched its appeal to assist even more of our hungry brothers and sisters.
Each £100 donor can provide a family with large food provisions and a supply of water (by trucking water to a local water point). Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah can be given, so be generous and support as many as families as you can.
May Allah assist you do help our brothers & sisters in Islam.