VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Somalis helping Somalis
August 24, 2011 by Sue Dwyer
|IRC teams are aiding tens of thousands of Somali refugees who are pouring into camps in Kenya and Ethiopia—many barely clinging to life. Fellow refugees and local communities are also helping, gathering donations for the new arrivals. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Many others have written about the unfathomable human suffering that is playing out in the Horn and East Africa due to the drought and famine. After visiting the International Rescue Committee’s programs in the Dadaab region of Kenya I sit here staring at my computer screen and — even as a 17-year aid veteran — no words seem adequate. The best thing I can offer is to share what is not being reported: the heart-wrenching charitable efforts of Somali refugees themselves.