First Turkey aid cargo plane to Somalia set for Monday

Turkey's prime minister said late on Saturday that Turkey would send its first cargo plane carrying aid to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday.

First Turkey aid cargo plane to Somalia set for Monday

Turkey's prime minister said late on Saturday that Turkey would send its first cargo plane carrying aid to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday.

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was extending a helping hand to everywhere around the world, and the Religious Affairs Directorate, the Red Crescent, Turkish International Cooperation & Development Agency (TIKA), voluntary NGOs, and Turkish nation had launched aid campaigns for Africa.

"We will send our first cargo plane to Mogadishu (Somalia) from Ankara tomorrow, and we will continue to send aid to this country by cargo planes and ships," Erdogan said during a fast-breaking dinner in Istanbul.

The Turkish Red Crescent Society is set to send 50 tons of aid supplies to famine-stricken Somalia.

Two cargo planes will leave on Monday from Ankara to transport food supplies including baby formula, milk powder, baby biscuits, rice, sugar, chickpeas as well as salt.

A team of seven headed by Red Crescent Director General Omer Tasli arrived in Mogadishu to coordinate delivery of the aid supplies.

Somalia is currently faced with one of the worst droughts in the past 60 years.

The epicenter of the drought lies on the three-way border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock. Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit by the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people have so far been displaced due to the humanitarian situation in the region.

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