ABU DHABI // A ship carrying 4,259 tonnes of aid left the UAE for Somalia on Tuesday.
The Dh10.3 million in aid from the Emirates Red Crescent includes 3,819 tonnes of food, 356 tonnes of water, 23 tonnes of tents and mattresses, and 51 tonnes of clothing, blankets and medical supplies for children.
The shipment will be delivered to Berbera Port to support people who have been displaced and affected by the country’s third famine in 25 years. It is expected to arrive early next month.
It was sent under the directives of the UAE’s leadership and follow-up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent, reported Wam, the state news agency.
The Red Crescent announced the UAE’s For You, Somalia aid campaign this month. The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia estimates that 6.2 million people in the country need relief, including 2.9m who urgently need life-saving aid.