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Hamas donates $140,000 to Somalia
Published Tuesday 13/09/2011 (updated) 14/09/2011 09:35
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A boy sits looking over the Seyidka settlement for the famine stricken internally
displaced people in Berkulan near Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 6.
Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000
people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and
hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief.
[Reuters/Ismail Taxta]
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas ministry of religious endowments in the Gaza Strip has donated $140,000 to the people of Somalia through the emergency and relief committee of Arab doctors.

The donation was announced during a ceremony on Tuesday at the ministry's office, which was attended by the chair of the Arab doctors committee Muhammad Aklouk and minister of endowments Salih Ar-Ruqab.

The Arab doctors' union launched a campaign in August to assist the Somali people "From Gaza hand in hand to save the children of Somalia."

The union opened bank accounts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to facilitate voluntary contributions to the Somali people.

The Horn of Africa has been hit by the worst drought in decades, and the UN has described Somalia, where a civil war has been going on since 1991, as facing the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world.

The United Nations says currently about 3.6 million people are now at risk of starvation in Somalia and about 12 million people across the Horn of Africa region, including in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Aid agencies are only able to get food aid to 1 million of those in need because the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab rebel group, which controls much of the south, will not allow food shipments in.
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1 ) matt / usa
13/09/2011 16:50
Maybe they can get food there quicker than anyone else? i mean from terrorist group to another

2 ) Mel / USA
13/09/2011 22:29
#!:Shame on you Matthew, 4 being so small minded,racist & bigotted. Millions of children,women&men R starving,due to climate,political sanctions&Western looting/coveting of small Somali Muslim resources,4 decades,Just as terrorist Israel has done to Palestinians.And that's all U can say? I hope U never have to see U'r children starve&die? At least Hamas sent something? What did U send buddy?Go & volunteer a year there,first!

3 ) carine / UK
14/09/2011 01:52
#1 matt/usa
The Palestinian people of Gaza have contributed to help the starving people of Somalia.
"From Gaza hand in hand to save the children of Somalia" - what have you contributed, except stupid cynical comments??

4 ) Li / USA
14/09/2011 03:16
@ #1 Matt, Could you possibly come up with a more obnoxious and inappropriate comment than that?

5 ) Ali / Scotland
14/09/2011 05:02
1/Matt . When a People that have nothing share with people that have even less it show proper humanity,something you and your ilk will never have.Hamas may not be perfect but they do have a legal right to resist.The only problem with Hamas rockets is not the legality of the firing but the accuracy of the weapon.If Hamas were a true terrorist group whom have they intentionally attacked other than their oppressors?When have they attacked any country other than the Zionist state ?

6 ) jason / usa
14/09/2011 09:17
matt .. yeah maybe USA will get food there quicker .. you are right
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