Food supplies being airlifted into Somalia's capital

malnourished child from Somalia

The World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing its airlift of supplies into Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, where each day 1,000 people arrive after fleeing famine stricken regions in the south.

WFP is also supplying food and blankets to 175,000 people in an area along the border with Kenya and Ethiopia. 40,000 displaced people in the Afgooye region are already receiving relief supplies, as are 300,000 people in Mogadishu says the agency's Emilia Casella.

“We will be concentrating on bringing in ready to use therapeutic and supplementary foods, aimed to help the most malnourished children and those begin in the coming days. As part of our efforts in Mogadishu, wet feeding is taking place in 16 centres around the city. Each is providing food to more than 5000 people each day so we're reaching about 85,000 people."

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Melissa Fleming from the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) says they are trying to help more people in Southern Somalia, so they won't have to travel in search of food.

"If we could aid the victims on the spot, prevent them from leaving their villages, we would not be in this terrible situation we are seeing now in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. Many of the refugees are arriving in very bad shape. We're saying it's close to catastrophic."

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Kenya has seen 100,000 new refugees so far this year. That figure is 78,000 for Ethiopia.

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