UNICEF: call to airlines to help deliver food to Horn of Africa
Airlines are being asked to carry vital food supplies for starving children in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, free of charge or at a fraction of the normal cost.
The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says it desperately needs help from the air transport industry to get 400 metric tonnes of supplies to the Horn of Africa every week.
It costs around 350,000 dollars to carry 100 tonnes of emergency food aid from Europe to Nairobi, about as much as the cost of the cargo itself.
UNICEF spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, says the airline industry can help save thousands of lives.
'There are over 2.3 million acutely malnourished children in the Horn of Africa. More than half a million will die if they don't get help within weeks. With therapeutic feeding a child can fully recuperate in a matter of four to six weeks. We're asking the air transport industry for free or heavily discounted cargo space to transport this therapeutic food to children who will die without it.'