Fleeing drought in Somalia: One family’s story
Her father, Mohamed, watches over her from the other end of the bed.
They all started to improve after a visit to a local health center, but just after midnight Falastine took a turn for the worse and began vomiting.
She was taken by ambulance to the IRC clinic in the camp, where she was put on the drip and given medication.
When he’s not at the clinic with Falastine, Mohamed has been looking for odd jobs, including strenuous stone-breaking, to support his family until they can return to their farm and start over.
Mohamed and his family survived the drought that devastated Somalia in 2011 by drawing water from a river that kept flowing despite scant rainfall.
“We have no rain and the river is dry … and disease on top of that.
People don’t know where to go.” In all, more than 1 million Somalis have been displaced inside their country by drought and terrorism.
“There is lack of food, there is lack of medical supplies and health assistance.” Falastine needs more intensive care than the clinic can provide.
Her doctor has referred her to the nearby Banadir Hospital, also supported by the IRC.
They pray that they will be able to get their daughter the treatment she needs to survive.