Daily News header

Sports Makes 'Life Better' in Drought-Hit Somalia

By   get stories by email

The Somali National Olympic committee has commenced a special program that aims to normalize the living atmosphere of the draught-displaced people of Mogadishu IDP camps with the assistance from Qatar charity and the UK-based Kit Aid.

The program was carried out at the Qatar village IDP camp near stadium Mogadishu over the weekend where hundreds of young boys and unde age children were distributed with sports uniforms in a bid to make them happy.

Somali National Olympic committee first vice president and Qatar Charity country director for Somalia Duran Ahmed Farah told the participants that the program was meant to cheer the draught-displaced children and show them that they can live the kind of normal life that indigenous people in their areas are hoping for.

"These people were displaced by draughts and famine from their regions. So after they have been given something to eat, we want them to normalize their lives through sport and the second step will open educational centers at the camps as well. This will not be confined only to this camp, but we intend to reach other camps," the Somali NOC first vice president and head of international relations Duran Ahmed Farah told the audience.

"We want to make them feel that they have a normal life. Now, we have encouraged only the boys, but we expect to get suitable sporting attire for the girls who told us that they also wanted to play the sport," the NOC senior vice president noted.

Madino Nur Madey, a mother of five children who traveled more than two hundred kilometers to reach Mogadishu in search of something to eat said that she is happy. She forgot all hardships she experienced after she witnessed her two sons performing well during a football match for children at the Qatar Village camp.

Somali_NOC_and_other_officials_stand_among_children_before_match_kicks_off

"I have never dreamt like this experience. My two sons have played well and one of them was awarded with a beautiful medal for being the best player in the competition. This will be something to talk a lot in the future," the cheerful mother told a gathering.

Shukri Maadey, a 15 year old girl at the camp hoped that the Somali NOC would give them sporting equipment because she said they wanted to play sport themselves as well.

"We also want to play sports and we are waiting for them to happen," the 15 year old girl told Somali NOC senior vice president Duran Ahemd Farah on behalf of her colleagues at the camp.

Somali Athletics federation vice president and the Kit Aid representative Abdullahi Mohamed Saneey said it was the first time that the sports charity begins operation in Somalia.

"The Kit Aid is the biggest charity which supplies sporting equipment to some African countries and in Somalia," Saneey announced.

However after the distribution of the equipment there was a football match held for two teams of children at the Qatar village IDP camp. The match attracted officials from Somali NOC, Qatar charity, Kit Aid and hundreds of the draught-displaced people at the camp.

Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter. Contact him through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Top Stories News

Hard Money Lenders make all kinds of loans, particularly high on the list are property loans, commercial business loans , loans to investors seeking to purchase and flip houses and businesses, with sufficient equity.
New issue of The Hollywood Sentinel features a tribute to Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Lauren Bacall, coverage of the Moira Cue Art Show at Bruce Lurie Gallery, Andy Warhol's Shadows show at MOCA, How to Succeed in Hollywood
A shooter who killed one guard at the National War Memorial starting at 9:52 a.m. has been killed. The incident continued at the Canadian Parliament where the shooter was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms is Kevin Vickers. Ottawa downtown region under lock
Ongoing parliament under lock down, at least one soldier killed. This is an ongoing situation at this time and there are multiple reports of POSSIBLE additional shooting locations. Police are still actively searching for any possible additional shoo
John Child in Kathmandu looks at three things Nepal can do to improve their handling of weather events and the aftermath of disasters when they happen.
Scammers are luring victims in with the promise of a $200 Kroger gift card. To get the gift card, victims must give up personal information and sign up for an expensive service.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site