Ambiyo, her husband Mahat, and their eight children are among hundreds of thousands of Somalis forced to flee their home after a fourth year of drought in Somalia.
After their crops failed and the last of their goats died, their only option was to leave or stay and face starvation and death. After walking for three days, they arrived at a camp for displaced people with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Ambiyo was pregnant when she arrived at the camp and when she was giving birth, she experienced serious complications. She was taken to the nearby health centre run by Trόcaire where she and the baby received life-saving treatment.
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The people of Ireland supporting Somalia in its “darkest hour”
Mr Healy thanked the people of Ireland for their continued support for the people of Somalia.
“My deepest thanks to the people of Ireland for your solidarity, your compassion, and your support for the people of Somalia who are at their darkest hour.
“Your donations to Trócaire have enabled us to scale up our response so that the most vulnerable, especially small children and babies, their lives are saved and they have some sort of a future. Thank you for your support. It’s deeply appreciated, and we will use every euro to the best of our ability, so that lives are saved and dignity is insured.”
To find out more about the Lenten Appeal or make a donation visit www.trocaire.org