22 July 2011

UNICEF is preparing a second full charter airlift of emergency supplies from Europe in response to the Somalia famine and the wider East Africa food crisis.

More than 100 metric tonnes of emergency supplies, including medicines, midwifery kits and oral rehydration salts are scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on Monday.

"Children in areas of Somalia are now dying at a rate of more than 250 per day," said David Bull, UNICEF UK's Executive Director. "That’s one child every six minutes." 

Over the next 6 months, we aim to reach 510,000 families or more than 3 million people.

Early estimates from our UNICEF Somalia team say that they will need approximately £37 million to meet the needs of children affected by the crisis.

"UNICEF is using every means possible to reach every child," said Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF Director for  Eastern and Southern Africa. "Every life must count and we cannot afford to lose more lives to this crisis."

 
A mother collects UNICEF emergency supplies for her family in Mogadishu, Somalia © UNICEF video
A mother collects UNICEF emergency supplies for her family in Mogadishu, Somalia© UNICEF video