Funds raised to help drought-hit Somalia
Manama, August 6, 2011
Worshippers across Bahrain yesterday (August 5) collected donations during Friday prayers in aid of Somalia.
Clergymen and religious scholars in most of Bahrain's mosques dedicated time to speak about Somalia's worst drought in 60 years and the sorrow and heartbreak thousands were experiencing in the country.
The famine has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of five in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to US estimates.
The United Nations says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished suggesting the death toll of young children will rise.
Ahmed Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque) guidance head Farhat Al Kindy said that Bahrainis were keen enough to help support their brothers in Somalia without being directed by anyone.
"I prayed Friday prayers today in Gudaibiya Mosque and for days preaching there was about helping people in Somalia although there was no need considering that people were already keen to donate whatever possible," he said.
"I later left to listen to a Ramadan lecture at Abu Baker Al Sadeeq Mosque, where there was a video presentation by a representative of Al Eslah Society after his visit to Somalia and even in that mosque people were so much moved that they donated whatever they could.
"To my knowledge in my workplace - Al Fateh - there were also donations collected."
"People in Bahrain will do whatever they could to help and donations are going on and will not be stopped. Even though they have started in a small scale days ago collection of donations will further continue."
An Islamic Enlightenment Society media official said that the society was co-ordinating with a number of charitable societies and groups to collect donations for Somalia, whether in mosques or at other events.
"Humanitarian aid is one of our society's pillars that we tend to devote a lot of time to and donations have been collected in the past few days, but on Fridays there are more people and this means that more money is collected," he said.
"We don't need anyone to urge us to donate, because look at conditions in Somalia, people themselves have come forward offering help. – TradeArabia News Service