The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported 5,000 vulnerable families in Somalia and Kenya, through a Hunger Resilience and Food Security partnership agreement which was signed by the leaderships of the two organizations.
The programme, which implemented in collaboration with the Somali Red Crescent Society and the Kenya Red Cross Society, targets communities affected by one of the most protracted and still neglected of the humanitarian crises.
Extreme consequence of drought and floods in Somalia, combined with the violence and insecurity, over decades have left many communities without access to durable livelihoods and exposed to chronic food insecurity. As a result, millions of people have fled their homes to the other parts of Somalia or into Kenya.
The prolonged nature of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and northern Kenya had created a sense of inhumanity among many donors. The crisis which millions of people face in the region is avoidable and therefore unacceptable. This agreement descales the impacts of these crises on a group of particularly vulnerable people and makes them stronger and more resilient to future shocks.
The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran contributed 2.3 million Swiss francs ($2.4 million US dollars) toward this effort. The National Society committed to support vulnerable people around the world in a close cooperation with the IFRC.
This partnership was another important opportunity where the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IFRC further complement one another and leverage on the vast network of Red Cross and Red Crescent members to develop long-term solutions for food insecurity in Africa. This multilateral partnership is an example of increased cooperation, sustainable and long-term solutions which can be delivered by capacity building and resilience of individuals and communities in Africa.
The project carried out by the support of the IFRC and throughout close cooperation with the Somali Red Crescent Society and the Kenya Red Cross Society.
The presence and support of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran in many countries far away in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and now Somalia, responding to acute humanitarian needs, is an example of a shared humanity that goes beyond boundaries.