Turkey's European Union (EU) Ministry launched on Sunday an aid campaign for Somali and African people.
EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis sent a message to ministry staff in which he said African people, particularly Somali people, were facing a huge hunger, and almost 40 million people were face-to-face with a chronic famine threat in the continent which was experiencing the biggest draught of the last 60 years.
"We have once more indicated in the prosperous atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan that we cannot remain indifferent to the tragedy our African friends are facing, and therefore we have been mobilized to extend a helping hand to Somali and African people," Bagis said.
Egemen Bagis said his spouse Beyhan Bagis and he would hand out the assistance to Turkish Red Crescent executives in a fast-breaking dinner on August 16.
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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