Muslims globally are preparing to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The observance of Ramadan, one of Islam's five pillars, is a religious obligation in which Muslims fast and forgo any liquids from dawn until dusk over the course of a month.
In Somalia, preparation for the month is in top gear. People are flocking to the markets to shop. From cooking items to food, traders hope to make a good sale during Ramadan. But not all in Somalia will share the joy of this holy month. The UN says that almost a million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. AbdulKadir is a father of four. He has lived in this camp since 2011. His wife recently passed away and he is now forced to fend for his four children. And it's not only Abdulkadir who has problems, it's the rain season in Mogadishu and this woman told us that she has nowhere to hide her children especially during this cold season. Ramadan is a month of prayer, fasting, and charity. During this period Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking during the day. Thus they show their devotion, self-discipline and faith. As Muslims across the world mark this year's Ramadan, religious leaders in Somalia have called on people to remember the sick and the less fortunate in the society as well as pray for stability to return to Somalia after more than 23 years of conflict.