Monday, February 11, 2013

UNWFP to aid over a million famine stricken people of Somalia

UNWFP to aid over a million famine stricken people of Somalia

Abdulaziz Billow, Press TV, Kismayo

The U-N World Food Program says it plans to feed one-point-six million Somalis in need. A majority of them are believed to be in areas recently liberated from Al-Shabaab fighters.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) says it plans to feed 1.6 million people in Somalia this year, including more than one million people who are in a state of crisis.

The UN world food body however says that the most vulnerable people are in areas formerly controlled by the Somali Al-Shabaab fighters.

The WFP was however optimistic of commencing its aid programs in Kismayo town, by shipping in aid through the port of Kismayo after many years. The current administration however appeals to the UN to immediately start sending in food aid and not assessment teams.

Following the capture of Kismayo town, which was the Al-Shabaab's last bastion, Kenyan forces that are now part of the African Union mission in Somalia say that its time for aid agencies to return to Kismayo, promising them adequate security.

WFP also said a rapid food security and nutrition assessment carried out in Kismayo shows that half of the families were food insecure and nearly 24 percent of children in Kismayo under the age of five were malnourished.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also launched a three year humanitarian appeal for Somalia where it hopes to target 3.8 million Somalis in need.

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is among the worst in the world. More than 1.1 million people are internally displaced and over 1 million Somalis live outside the country as refugees.

But for the poor people in Kismayo camps, all that they hope for now is immediate food aid from aid agencies and improvement in the security of the strategic southern town.

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