Somali president resigns two months salary to fight drought in country
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ on Friday announced that he would resign from his November and December salary as a personal donation to help fight devastating drought ravaging part of the country, according to a statement from the Somali presidency published and Twitter.
“The funds will be used to serve our dear citizens, largely affected by the severe droughts in our Republic,” the statement said.
The announcement comes after, on Tuesday, Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, to announce the humanitarian state of emergency and to seek the immediate help of the international community, in order to be able to face a problem which, in recent years, has been repeated a dozen times.
In addition, urged workers in the civil and private sector to “follow their example and reduce their wages by 20%”, to fight against this crisis which “has devastated various regions of the country” and affects 2.6 million people, according to the ‘UN.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that Somalia is experiencing severe drought after the failure of two consecutive rainy seasons, which has caused food and water shortage, endangering millions of people.
“In the last quarter of 2021, 3.5 million people – 22% of the population – are expected to face food insecurity,” he told OCHA.
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