Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The bridge of humanitarian aid to Somalia starts

The World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that the first humanitarian airlift aircraft Somalia has thrown off and with 14 tons of food for children displaced by famine and drought. A WFP spokesman in Nairobi displaced, Challis McDonough has confirmed to this newspaper that the first phase of the mission aims to give an "extra help" to children who are coming to Mogadishu.

The humanitarian operation has begun 24 hours later than planned and after saving the bureaucratic problems that left the device on the ground yesterday. Meanwhile, thousands of Somalis kicked internal and external borders of their country in search of the crowded refugee camps assisted by international organizations.

MSF has condemned the move by UN staff of hundreds of families to facilities in Kenya "that do not meet the minimum." More than 48 hours after the opening communicating the airlift, WFP workers are loading at the airfield of Boeing 737 to Nairobi in the afternoon to reach the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The unit plans to carry on each flight, are expected to be day-14 tons of food for children, a sort of peanut butter with high protein and energy coming from France. WFP aims to bring aid to 25,000 children. The airlift will also fly to Dolo Ado, in the border region between Somalia and Ethiopia and the Kenyan town of Wajir.

For the moment and waiting to give off the dialogue between the UN and the Islamist al-Shabab militia, who control half the country, aid will not travel to the south, the area hardest hit precisely by drought and famine . The launch yesterday of the first flight to Mogadishu was hampered by obstacles to the Kenyan authorities at the customs.

These authorities have been criticized by MSF , one of the organizations with greater presence in the country. This NGO has denounced in a statement that the refusal of Nairobi to open the Ifo camp 2, an extension of the megalopolis of refugees based in Dadaab (387,893 people), has led the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR ) to relocate hundreds of families Ifo3, "whose facilities still lack the minimum services."

According to this organization, UNHCR is taking up Ifo 3-200 families a day, and is expected to host some 60,000 refugees there. MSF says that the field "that has few basic services like water and sanitation," is only designed to house 40,000 people.

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