Friday, July 22, 2011

The UN sent food to Somalia in the coming days

The director of the World Food Programme of the UN (WFP), Josette Sheeran, the agency announced it will begin sending food in the coming days by air to Somalia, where two regions of the south are in a state of famine. "Here in Somalia is a matter of life and death," Sheeran said after a visit to Mogadishu.

"The WFP will begin an airlift to ferry supplies to Mogadishu vital special nutritional food for malnourished children so desperately need," the director said in a statement issued in Nairobi. Sheeran stressed that "the critical situation in Somalia," and welcomed the recent decision of the radical Islamic group Al Shabab-linked to the terrorist network Al Qaeda, to lift the ban against humanitarian aid agencies in southern the country, which is largely under their control.

"We are checking on the ground, he said the best way to get life-saving supplies, as soon as possible to those who are the epicenter of the famine in the south." WFP currently serves 1.5 million people in this country in the Horn of Africa, and will redouble their efforts to reach 2.2 million in the south, an area previously inaccessible by the veto of Al Shabab, the statement said.

"People in southern Somalia is too ill and weak to go in search of food, so we must take it. WFP is preparing to open new routes by land and air, toward the center of the famine to establish the necessary operational conditions, "the head of WFP. The UN official said Wednesday the state of famine in two southern regions of Somalia, Bakool and Lower Shabelle, something unprecedented in this country over the last twenty years, and requested $ 300 million (just over 210 million euros) to the international community to "save lives".

In any that country, nearly half of Somalia's population, about 3.7 million people, is a humanitarian crisis, of which 2.8 million reside in the south, indicating the data provided by the United Nations. The drought in the Horn Africa and its devastating effects on the ropes hold about 11 million people in the region, agree on UN and NGO humanitarian aid.

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