Kenyan troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have on Wednesday distributed food to address the needs of vulnerable communities living in the border town of Dhobley.
At least 100 poor families have benefited from the distribution of food [Zakatul Fitri] carried out at AMISOM base in Dhobley.
Spearheaded by Muslim soldiers, the food donations are meant to mark Zakat al
Fitr and put smiles on the faces of needy people ahead of Eid which will be celebrated after few days.
The soldiers gave out a variety of food items that included rice, flour
cooking oil, beans among other items to one hundred vulnerable families.
Col. Jackson Lesaiyo, Deputy Commander, AMIOSM Sector II who presided over the distribution of food said the program is aimed to support the poor families especially the IDPs in the town during this difficult time when rains have caused flash floods and other devastating impacts caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
He also underlined that similar Zakatul Fitri distributions is also happening in other areas where KDF under the banner of AMISOM has presence like Bula Haji, Geriley, Buur Gabo, Tabta and Afmadow.
“As a tradition by the Muslim community they normally share and we joined them today in this program so that we contribute also as members of AMISOM troops within sector two especially here in Dhobley so that we can share the little we have. Most of the soldiers have skipped some meals so that we can contribute to this kitty today.”
“We are just getting together with the Muslim brothers so that we can share with the less fortunate families amongst us within liberated areas and centers in our sector”
Siyad Mohamed Hassan, the administrator of Dhobley town applauded the commitment and the solidarity of AMISOM troops to support the vulnerable people within the community.
“We have been distributing food [ Zakatul Fitr] which KDF Muslim soldiers at AMISOM base have allocated to hundred poor families in Dhobley town. As an administration we are very much satisfied with the way AMISOM has organized the program” he added, “This year, Zakatul Fitr was distributed during the last ten days of Ramadan in which the night power (Laylatul Qadr) is found due to high needs in the town. As you know, the town was affected by the flash floods caused by torrential rains, our border with the neighbouring country is closed, there are no flights also all land transport is curtailed which created troubles in the town and all the 32 surrounding locations therefore it has necessitated the distribution of Zakatul Fitr during the last days of Ramadan”
Abdullahi Sheikh Saman, an elderly man among the beneficiaries of food distribution in Dhobley thanked AMISOM and requested for more assistance.
“As an elderly person, I appreciate the support I received today and I will never forget, I also request for more help” he requested.
Hawo Elmi Hussein, a woman among the returnees from Dadab refugee camps in Northern Kenya described the distribution of food as timely as many poor families face difficulties in the town.
“Today we received donation (Zakatul Fitr) from our Muslim brothers from AMISOM. We thank them for the support” she said.
AMISOM has in the past conducted free medical camps for the community, donated medical supplies to Dhobley general hospital, and pledged to continue the support.