WFP to start airlifts into famine hit Somalia

famine affected families in Somalia

Airlifts of aid into famine-stricken Somalia are being launched by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The agency is reaching 1.5 million people now, and is scaling up to help an additional 2.2 million in previously inaccessible southern Somalia.

Julie Walker reports.

The World Food Programme says more than 11 million people are in need of assistance. The Horn of Africa is suffering the worst drought in 60 years, forcing people to flee their homes in search of food and water. Exacerbating the situation, fighting between various factions in Somalia, which has made access difficult and even dangerous. The groups controlling the south recently allowed humanitarian workers in, something WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran welcomes. She says they are now testing routes on the ground to see how best to get life-saving supplies to those at the epicentre of the famine, while still protecting humanitarian workers.”

Julie Walker, United Nations

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