PM Khayre leads hundreds in rain prayers as drought claims more lives
Mogadishu residents led by Somali clerics and the Prime Minister Hassan Khayre on Monday performed the Istisqa rain prayers seeking divine intervention as drought continued to claim more lives in the country. The prayers which followed four days of fasting were performed at the Isbaheysi Mosque and was also attended by Banaadir region Governor and Ministers. “The President and I promise the Somali people that we will fight against corruption and tribalism so as to avert further effects of the drought” Khayre said. The drought was declared a national disaster a week ago by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and this followed an assessment tour by UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres who called for the international community to act swiftly to avert a possible famine. Some 2.1 people are facing starvation in the country with Somalis starting local initiative under the call “ Caawi Walaal” or Help A brother to fundraise for food relief. An estimated 300 plus people have died of starvation in Somalia in the last three weeks.