Emergency aid flights brave war-torn Somalia
Somalia: Aid groups ramped up operations Monday to help
millions of drought-stricken people in Programme expanding its airlifts
of emergency food supplies.
The WFP last week begun airlifting peanut-based paste for
malnourished children in the Mogadishu and widened the distribution to
Doolow in the south of Somalia.
"Another aircraft arrived today, the sixth flight since the airlift
began last Wednesday - the airlift is an ongoing operation and will
continue," said WFP spokesman David Orr, speaking from the war-torn
"That brings the total amount delivered into Mogadishu to over 80
tonnes of specialized highly nutritious food for malnourished children."
About 12 million people are affected by the devastating drought
across the Horn of Africa, the worst to hit the region in decades.
The UN has declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia but
the effects have been felt more widely across the country, as well as in
parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
Supplies have been delivered through local partners in Mogadishu, Orr
said, with supplies for 80,000 children for a month so far been
However, recent heavy fighting between the African Union forces and
the Islamist Shebab insurgents in the Somali capital has raised fears
that aid distribution could be hampered.
Tens of thousands of Somalis have fled to Mogadishu from elsewhere in
Relentless conflict and the drought has left millions of Somalis in
need of emergency humanitarian aid.
Malnutrition rates in Somalia are currently the highest in the world.