Something to Celebrate 2
Food insecurity in Kenya peaked in 2011, after a series of failed rains and rising food prices. Animals died due to the drought, robbing families of their entire livelihoods, and leaving them even less able to afford the expensive food prices.
Islamic Relief performed 173 Qurbanis, or sacrifices, and distributed the meat to the poorest people in Wajir, Kenya – giving vulnerable groups like widows, the elderly, and orphans something to celebrate on Eid al-Adha.
Some people, like Halima Abdi, 45, told us they “could not remember the last time they ate meat.” After the drought killed most of their animals, Halima moved to Wajir with her husband and eight children, hoping that life would be easier there. However, with no livestock and few available jobs, they are still forced to rely on food aid from local organizations. These usually include just enough basic items to survive, like rice and beans, so the Qurbani meat from Islamic Relief was a welcome addition.
Like Halima, 35-year-old Timira Omar also struggles to feed a large family, and said that she survives by “supplicating to God” and taking loans to buy food. However, after receiving Qurbani meat from us, Timira smiled with relief that she “would not have to worry about getting food for her family for at least two weeks”.
“The future I leave to God, as He is the provider. But I hope food becomes affordable and readily available.”