Marium Dahir and two of her children.
We’ve been working in Dhobley, Somalia, a town near the Kenya border that thousands of refugees use as a transit point on their way to the camps in Dadaab. Many are arriving with nothing after walking for days, or even weeks, in search of help. We’ve been able to provide food to people like Marium Dahir and her children.
A widow and mother of eight, Marium didn’t have the means to flee her desolate hometown near Kismaayo, in southern Somalia. She had been earning a meager income from burning charcoal, but over the past few months, even that opportunity had vanished.
Some friends in her community offered to pay her way to the refugee camps in Kenya, but there was only enough money for four people. She had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave five of her children behind. Two daughters, ages 8 and 9, and her 15-year-old son came with her. They traveled for three days in the back of a truck, hoping to find help and a way for the family to be reunited.
Worn out, thin and hungry, Marium and her children arrived in Dhobley. She held her children close as she talked about the hard life she had just left behind.
Less than 24 hours after arriving, the family received emergency food, including rice, beans, oil, salt and sugar, from World Concern. That night they prepared their first meal with their simple rations.
“The meal I had last night was the best I have had in a year,” she said. “I was satisfied. Even my first night here, life is so much better than it has been before.”
Thank you for helping feed hungry families like Marium's!