April 24th, 2017 10:51 EST
UN Air Lifts Food, Medical Supplies to 31,000 Famine Stricken Somalis
As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days.
The shipment, made on a Boeing 747 donated by the UPS Foundation from Dubai, also included medical assistance on behalf of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
"A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia," said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. "This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance."
The food is meant for the most vulnerable people - particularly children - who are displaced from their homes without access to food or cooking facilities, WFP said.
According to UN estimates, half of Somalia`s population, including 330,000 acutely malnourished children, is in need of urgent assistance.
The high-energy biscuits are rich in minerals and vitamins and do not require preparation, the UN agency said. WFP will provide other types of live-saving food assistance for the following days.
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