24 August 2011

An aircraft chartered by UNICEF landed in south Somalia on 21 August with five tonnes of life-saving emergency supplies. 

The plane touched down in Garbaharey in south Somalia on the weekend, carrying micro-nutrients and medicines for malnourished children, as well as emergency high-energy biscuits, to benefit 750 vulnerable children and their families affected by the drought. 

This was the second relief flight to have landed outside of Mogadishu, and the first flights in two years which have been permitted in the militant-controlled area. 

"Since famine was declared four weeks ago, UNICEF has provided close to 4200 tonnes of life-saving supplies," said David Bull, the Executive Director of UNICEF UK.

UNICEF is establishing a supply chain by plane, ship, and truck which will allow us and our partners to reach the most vulnerable children in Southern Somalia.

Right now, more than 250 children are dying every day in Somalia – that's one child every 6 minutes.

 
Men unload emergency supplies from UNICEF plane at an airport in Somalia. © UNICEF/NYHQ1997-0733/Chalasani
Men unload emergency supplies from UNICEF plane at an airport in Somalia.© UNICEF/NYHQ1997-0733/Chalasani