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Here's a Way to Get Involved in Somali Famine Relief Efforts

Members of the Somali diaspora in New York have started a fundraising initiative to help support famine relief efforts in their home country.

Members of New York's Somali community have teamed up to help provide relief for their brothers and sisters on the ground who are currently at risk of widespread famine.


"What we are hearing from friends on the ground in Somalia is distressing - women and children walk for weeks in search of food and water. They have lost their livestock, water sources have dried up and they have nothing left to survive on. Current indicators mirror the tragic picture of 2011 when Somalia last suffered a famine," the group says in a statement.

It's being estimated that 6.2 million people in Somalia are in need of humanitarian assistance. Through ongoing efforts, the group hopes to raise $50,000 to send directly to those affected. "It is easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed by seeing images of suffering. However, we realized that there is agency in mobilizing community. It is in that spirit that we decided to do this," Idil Ibrahim, one of the mission's organizers, says. "Every bit helps."

Watch the video below for more information. If you'd like to donate to the initiative, you can do so through their Gofundme page.

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According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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