Botswana sends food to Somalia

Gaborone – Botswana has pledged food and goods worth more than R500 000 to famine-stricken Somalia and Kenya, where more than 12 million people are said to be facing starvation. Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Phandu Skelemani said the food would be transported on a military craft and delivered to the relevant United Nations agency. The donation is in response to a global appeal by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon for international assistance. According to the UN, apart from Somalia and Kenya, other affected countries are Ethiopia, Djibouti, The Sudan and Uganda. It is estimated that six in 10 000 children are dying every day in Somalia, according to the UN. Botswana government spokesman Jeff Ramsay said: “The government is pleased with public and private support it received after appealing to individuals and organizations for help with efforts to send aid to Somali refugees. ““The government called upon the public to also make donations through organizations such as the Red Cross and indeed the private sector as well.”

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