AMISOM makes food donation to Dhobley and Kismayo families


DHOBLEY(SONNA) – Kenyan officers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday donated food packages to vulnerable families in Dhobley and Kismayo ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitri celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Each of the more than 600 family beneficiaries received a variety of food items that included rice, sugar, spaghetti, tea leaves, biscuits, flour, cooking oil and beans

In Dhobley, where more than 200 families benefited, Deputy Commander for AMISOM’s Sector II Colonel Jackson Lesaiyo said the support to vulnerable families was important especially for Internally Displaced Persons and for families whose crops were destroyed by heavy rains and flash floods. Added to this, many families are struggling to cope with the devastating socio-economic impact caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today’s program is for AMISOM troops here in Dhobley to share with the community. We got together with our Muslim brothers and sisters so that we help them share the little they have with the less fortunate families who live within liberated areas and population centers under our sector,” Col. Lesaiyo said.

He said that similar donations happened in Bula Haji, Geriley, Buur Gabo, Tabta, Afmadow and other population centers where Kenya Defence Forces under the banner of AMISOM have a presence.

In Kismayo, where over 400 families benefited from the donation in Lakoley and Banjoun towns, the Commander of AMISOM Sector II Brigadier Juma Shee Mwinyikai said the donation was an indication of the peaceful coexistence between the soldiers and local communities.

“In this holy month of Ramadan we seek mercy and forgiveness and this donation is an ideal way to maximize our efforts by extending acts of charity in order to get the most out of Ramadan. We are happy to support our Somali brothers and sisters,” Brig. Juma said.