The first humanitarian aid plane took off from Nairobi airfield to Somalia with 14 tons of food, a kind of peanut butter high in protein and energy that arrived from France, for children displaced by famine and drought, the World Food Programme (WFP) informed. The first phase of the mission aims to give an “extra help” to children who are staying in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. It is expected that the Boeing 737 does its arrival during the afternoon.
The humanitarian operation began a day late, the first plane could not leave yesterday due to problems at the customs of Kenya. Meanwhile thousands of Somalis are kicking the inside and outside borders of their country to get into the refugee camps assisted by international organizations, which are full of people. Through the UN, MSF has reported the transfer of hundreds of families to Kenya facilities “that do not meet the minimum.”
Aid flights will take off on a daily basis. WFP expects to bring help to 25,000 children. The airlift will also fly to Dolo Ado, in the border region between Somalia and Ethiopia and the Kenyan town of Wajir. For the moment and waiting to give off the dialogue between the UN and the Islamist al-Shabab militia, who control half the country. Aid planes will not travel to the south area of Somalia, the area that has been hit the hardest by drought and famine.
Source: El País