Humanitarian transit hub for Somalia opened in Dubai

Somali child affected by famine

A transit hub for humanitarian supplies, which will speed up the delivery of food aid to Somalia has opened in Dubai.

An estimated 5,000 metric tons of flour will be moved through the warehouse each month to feed children in the worst-affected regions of the Horn of Africa country.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

The warehouse has been opened by the UN children's fund (UNICEF)  in order to speed up the delivery of nutrition supplies to the drought and conflict ridden country.

UNICEF says it faces what it calls a "daunting logistical challenge" getting food to acutely malnourished children in Somalia, many of whom are close to death.

The agency says there are currently 1.5 million children in southern Somalia who are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations

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