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Flight of hope as UN aid lands in famine struck Somalia

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Flight of hope as UN aid lands in famine struck Somalia


The first United Nations airlift has landed in Mogadishu. On board was 10 tonnes of nutritional supplements for starving children. The cargo will be enough to treat over 3,000 malnourished children for one month.

The plane’s arrival came on the back of aid agencies warning of the growing numbers who need aid to arrive in Mogadishu.

Somalia is believed to be the worst hit with Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti also affected by the most severe drought in decades. The Somalia foreign minister warned that three and a half million people are at risk of starvation.

An official for the World Food Programme said the humanitarian effort needs to be stepped up to avoid children falling into severe malnutrition.

A further 70 tonnes of aid is ready in Kenya and will be flown into Moghadishu in the coming weeks.

There are already 400,000 displaced people in the capital of Somalia and it is reckoned an estimated 100,000 arrived in the last two months.

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