An airlift, worth over €600,000, landed in Mogadishu at lunchtime from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai, where Irish Aid pre-positions relief supplies for use in emergencies and humanitarian crises under Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative.
Staff members from Concern were on standby to distribute the first of two loads of supplies comprising blankets, jerry cans, cooking sets, family hygiene kits, tarpaulins and solar lamps to 4,000 families displaced by drought, acute hunger and conflict to informal settlements located outside of Mogadishu and Baidoa and in the Afgooye corridor. A second consignment is due to arrive on Friday.
Over 6 million people, more than half of the country’s population, are in urgent need of food assistance while an estimated 363,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished.
Regional Director for the Horn of Africa Feargal O’Connell welcomed today’s consignment to Somalia and heaped praise on the Irish government’s efforts in preventing the humanitarian crisis from escalating further in the impoverished country.