March 3, 2011 ·10 Comments
BERBERA — United Arab Emirates’ Red Crescent began distributing much-needed load of food aid in the port city of Berbera on Thursday.
The donation will reach all parts of the country that is currently facing a sever famine due to lack of rains in the past three years.
The first recipients will be an estimated 300 poor families in Berbera and they will receive rice, sugar, sunflower oil and flour.
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Thursday’s delivery was taken to the outskirt of Berbera’s old cement factory located few miles outside of the city and only a handful of families were able to walk the distance. It is still unclear why the location outside the city was chosen for the food distribution knowing the distance that families will have to walk and carry the food supplies back.
While briefing the media, the minister of water and resource Hussein Abdi Duale says his recent visit to the UAE made the relief package possible. He added the UAE organization pledged 900 ton of food aid which consist of sugar, sunflower oil, rice and flour.
“This humanitarian relief comes after my visit to UAE which gave me an opportunity to directly appeal to UAE government to help us with the ongoing drought,” he said.
Most of the emergency food is expected to reach the rest of the country by this weekend.
The minister thanked the UAE government and people for their generosity. He said the UAE is one of the leading countries that assist Somaliland with monetary and humanitarian efforts.
The UAE recently also dispatched a team of expert and equipment to survey water resources in the country. The team plans to construct a number of wells and modern water facilities throughout Somaliland.
UAE teams are as well funding a number of projects in the country including providing $10million to renovate Hargeisa and Berbera’s airports.
On Friday a convey of three trucks visited the Awdal region and began distributing the aid.
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