Africans living overseas have been challenged to assist their countrymen back on the continent facing starvation due to prolonged drought.

Dahabshiil Chief Executive Officer Abdirashid Duale, on Tuesday called on the international community to continue assisting African countries worst hit by the devastating drought.

Speaking while he attended the Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017, to celebrate Muslim contribution to British society and recognise leading examples of good practice, excellence and future role models, Mr Duale said the drought has had far reaching consequences on the African continent.

“As we reflect on the fantastic achievements, we must not forget the situation currently affecting the communities in the Horn of Africa. The effects of a devastating drought mean that millions of people require aid,” he said.

He added: “A united effort from the international community, together with Muslims at home and abroad, to bring aid to vulnerable communities and build stability in the country is what’s needed to ensure this new chapter in Somali history is a prosperous one.”

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