AFRICA. SOMALIA.

Yes, we’re privileged to be part of what they called: Winter Mission. Working hand-in-hand with World Harvest Organization (www.worldharvest.cc) , Golden Nest, Inc sponsored eleven brave people to travel to places in Africa, such as Adjumani in Northern Uganda, Nimule and Juba in South Sudan, Wajir in Northeastern Kenya and Somalia from January 3rd to January 14th, 2012.

The team traveled to spread love and hope and help the people in need. This trip was quite challenging and lifethreatening, Here is the short account of trip…

The Team began their first day in Adjumani, northern Uganda by learning a shocking news. ”There had just been a hand grenade attack somewhere in Wajir, and 5 people had been killed or injured.” said by one of the local people.  Posed by this news, each team member had to make a decision whether or not to go to Wajir. Despite the alarming news and difficulties, everyone was aware of the task at hand: Must Continue. After two consecutive days of doing community service in Adjumani, the Team departed to Nimule in the world’s newest nation of South Sudan. They were warmly welcomed by more than 200 South Sudanese people, and government officials who had come for the Festival they will hold.

The Team also visited the young children hospital that housed around 50 children. Malaria was the common illness in South Sudan.

The team’s next destination was Juba, South Sudan’s capital. After Juba, the team travelled to Wajir, a border town in northeastern Kenya to bring food supplies to the starving Somali tribesmen and refugees. Wajir is a small town used as a Kenyan military base. It has seen many terrorist attacks and kidnappings committed by Al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group. The general population in Wajir are sympathizers of Al-Shabab.

The temperature when the team arrived was incredibly hot, about 105F! Before last December, Wajir had not seen any rainfall in the last 3 years.

The next morning, the Team went to a local Somali village and broke into pairs to help distribute food supplies – rice, beans, wheat flour – to about 400 families or 2000 people. Tribal chiefs or elders were present to ensure fair and equal amount of distribution. Some quarrels broke out among the people since they had been starving for months and waiting for foods.

Later in the afternoon, the team went to Lafaley village to help at a local clinic to dispense medicine. The word Lafaley, “a place of bones” in Somalis, portrays the dryness of the arid land. Medicines such as antibiotics, multivitamins, & anti-diarrhea drugs are in short supply and come approximately every two months, either from the government or from other foreign NGO’s. About 135 prescriptions were written and filled, and 65 injections were given that day. The other group of the Team went to visit an elementary school, reaching about 60 kids, where two of the Team’s hosts, Metrine and her husband, Kennedy were teacher missionaries. These kids are often asked by their families to make two-hour round trip trips to the nearest well to get water – which takes away their time to be in class. Before the Team left the village for the day, it was notable that a lone refugee made a special trip to thank the Team for the aid they had given. The thank you was refreshing to hear because earlier, it had mentioned that the refugees tend to have a victim mentality and don’t really appreciate what they get.

On the second and last day in Wajir, the Team again distributed food supplies to more than 800 families (3,000 people from five villages). People had already lined up from 7am, waiting for hours before the food was made available. Partly because of this and the mixing of different villages, the villagers got out of hand at one point and began to storm the single gate entrance, nearly trampling one of the team’s members.  In the end, the team was so grateful for the opportunity to distribute more than 15 tons of food supplies to the Somali villagers!

Below is the report of the relief distributed:

Medical Relief:

400 people were treated in Lavaley Village.

One child was sent to Nairobi, Kenya for kidney failure treatment

Food Relief:

1,900 households in six villages in Wajir, Kenya, near the border with Somalia.

Lavaley Village: 80 bags of rice, 50 bags of beans, and 700 liters of cooking oil. These food were feeding 700 households.

Four villages surrounding Wajir Success Academy: 1,000 households with about 200 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, and 1,000 liters of cooking oil.

Wajir Success Academy: 20 bags of rice.

Total food relief package:

1.      300 bags of rice @ 50 kg/bag = 15,000 kg of rice

2.      150 bags of beans @ 50 kg/bag = 7,500 kg of beans

3.      1,900 liters of cooking oil

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