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Turkish aid agency conducts major humanitarian relief activities in Somalia

Turkish aid agency conducts major humanitarian relief activities in Somalia
Over 4.6M people in Somalia expected to face severe food insecurity, according to UN

By Mohammed Dhaysane

BAIDOA, Somalia (AA) - A Turkish aid agency conducted two phases of humanitarian relief activities in Somalia’s city of Baidoa on Thursday.

The IHH Humanitarian Foundation distributed meat to 300 families in need of assistance and over 1,600 individuals received food assistance, according to the relief foundation's country representative.

“We have today [also] delivered water assistance to families in the city and on the outskirts of Baidoa, delivered 85 tankers of water to approximately 408,000 individuals,” Hasan Demir told Anadolu Agency.

Baidoa is the administrative capital of Somalia's South West State and is located around 270 kilometers (167 miles) from the capital Mogadishu.

Earlier this week, IHH distributed food to more than 415 families in central Somalia.

Demir said 25 kilograms of sugar, 25 kilograms of rice, 25 kilograms of flour and three liters of edible oil were given to families affected by drought.

The food donations were provided by the Turkish people, who are also concerned about the current droughts in the country.

A total of 412,000 people have benefited from these distributions, according to the aid agency.

"The communities who sent the food pledged to continue their efforts to stand by their Somali brothers and sisters," Demir said.

The families who received the assistance live in an internally displaced camp in Abudwak district in the central region of Galgadud.

Somalia is currently battling one of its worst climate change related droughts in decades, with the United Nations warning that over 4.6 million people in the country will face severe food insecurity in the coming months.

The Somali government has already declared the drought a humanitarian state of emergency.

source: News Feed
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