First food aid arrives in Mogadishu
July 27, 2011 04:12 pm EDT
Social Issue, Charity, Disaster And Accident, Famine, Unrest, Conflicts And War, Armed Conflict
by Mohamed Shiil
Special to All Headline News
The first plane carrying 10 tons of urgently needed nutritional supplements to treat malnourished Somali children arrived Wednesday at the Mogadishu International Airport.
The shipment, from the World Food Program, consisted of peanut butter-based paste. It is expected to feed 3,500 malnourished children for a month.
Speaking at a press conference in the Aden Adde Airport in Mogadishu, WFP spokesman David Orr said that it is the first airlift of food since the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia last week.
“The supplements will be distributed to the hospitals and other medical facilities to treat malnourished children and is the first of several airlifts in the coming week,“ he said.
An estimated 18,000 Somali children are suffering from malnutrition and the number is to increase to 25,000 .
At least 2.2 million people in need live in the areas under the control of Islamic insurgents. Orr expressed confidence that WFP would be able to provide aid in those areas.
Al-Shabaab recently lifted a ban they imposed on certain aid agencies in 2009. However, WFP is still banned.
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