News release

Somalia: Red Cross begins Ramadan food deliveries for detainees

Nairobi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launches food deliveries in Somali prisons for the month of Ramadan. Over the next four weeks, it plans to distribute dates, goat meat, rice, beans, milk, and tea to detainees across Somalia. In cooperation with the authorities, the ICRC will provide the items weekly to ten places of detention for thousands of people deprived of liberty who are regularly visited by the ICRC.

“Ramadan support has become a tradition for the ICRC in Somalia and part of our efforts to ensure detainees receive humane and dignified treatment,” said Pascal Cuttat, the head of the ICRC in Somalia. “For us, this is a gesture of respect for the significance of the holy month of Ramadan for detainees, their families, and the Somali community.”

The ICRC has regularly visited places of detention across Somalia. It works with the detaining authorities to ensure humane treatment and living conditions for detainees. 

Visiting detainees is a core component of ICRC’s work around the world. The organization aims to secure humane treatment for all detainees, regardless of the reasons for their arrest and detention. It strives to ensure that detainees can maintain contact with their families and that detention conditions are respectful of their dignity.

For more information, please contact:

Abdikarim Mohamed Abdullahi, ICRC Nairobi,
tel: +254 770 171756 (English Somali), email:

Anisa Hussein, ICRC Nairobi,
tel : +254 708 797 750 (English Somali) email:

Alyona Synenko, ICRC Nairobi,
+254 716 897 265 (English & French),