Thursday, July 28, 2011

The UN is able to open an urgent airlift of food aid to Somalia

The World Food Programme (WFP) the UN finally managed to open today an urgent airlift to send baby food from Nairobi to Mogadishu to fight the famine in Somalia. "The plane has taken off" in the direction of the Somali capital, told Efe Challiss McDonough, spokesman for WFP, said that the device carries at least 10 tons of emergency supplies ready to deal with child malnutrition.

The plane, which could not take off yesterday by red tape in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi to Mogadishu goes a week after the UN officially declare a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia. Previously, another WFP spokesperson David Orr, who travels on the plane, told Efe before takeoff, "In the next 10 days, is expected to take Mogadishu by air about 80 tons in total" of such foods for malnourished children.

The lack of food in Mogadishu in the last two months has been to 100,000 IDPs in the Somali capital seeking refuge from war and drought, has led to looting and clashes between the affected population, reported Tuesday the High Commissioner UN for Refugees (UNHCR). A week ago, the UN officially declared the state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia, Bakool and Lower Shabelle, something unprecedented in this country over the last twenty years.

Nearly half of Somalia's population, some 3.7 million people suffer a humanitarian crisis, of which 2.8 million live in the south, indicating the data provided by the United Nations. In the Horn of Africa, some 11 million people are in critical situation from drought and hunger, the United Nations.

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