9 November 2011

UNICEF announced the opening of its first humanitarian transit hub for nutritional supplies to be sent to Somalia. Situated in the port of Dubai, in United Arab Emirates, the new warehouse will speed up the delivery of emergency supplies to famine-struck Somalia.

An estimated 5,000 metric tons of corn soya blend flour will be moved through the warehouse monthly to Mogadishu and other affected regions of the country.

Funding for the warehouse was offered by businessman Klaus-Michael Kuehne. The donation, valued at US$ 750,000, will cover the operational costs for the Dubai warehouse for the next six months.

"The hub will help us ensure a regular flow of nutrition supplies for the worst-affected children and their families," said Shanelle Hall, Director of UNICEF Supply Division.

There are 1.5 million children in southern Somalia who are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including 190,000 children who are severely malnourished and need urgent assistance.

 
A woman and her children stand outside their makeshift tent in the Badbado camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.   © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1185/Holt
A woman and her children stand outside their makeshift tent in the Badbado camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1185/Holt

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