Lifesaving Gifts Arrive in Somalia

April 04, 2017 05:14 PM

The cargo of a Turkish Airlines jet was filled with 60 tons of lifesaving gifts.

It landed on the tarmac at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday.


The food will feed thousands of starving children and pregnant mothers. They've been waiting days and months for relief from what could be the worst famine to ever to strike Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Turkish Airlines agreed to bring the cargo to Somalia after actor Ben Stiller and four other people launched a viral internet campaign they called #LoveArmyForSomalia.

The American Refugee Committee, headquartered in Minneapolis, will distribute the food to the hardest-hit famine areas. That includes Kismayo, where we visited on our #HellToHeartland reporting trip.

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The Commissioner of Refugees and her workers in Kismayo are trying to track the journey of the famine and drought survivors.

"The information we are getting is that people are coming in thousands," she said. "They are walking. They don't have transportation. They don't have water. It's getting very bad.

"They are dying of course. What happened in 2011 when children died, mother watched her kids dying, that is the situation we are afraid of. And already we are seeing the signs."

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The Government of Somalia declared a famine, but lawmakers said the world is not responding to this crisis. The United Nations estimates 20 million people in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria are at risk of starving or dying from drought.  


Farrah Fazal

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