Turkish aid halts famine-oriented deaths in Somali capital: official

Emin said famine-oriented deaths had been prevented in Somalia, thanks to Turkey's aid.

Turkish aid halts famine-oriented deaths in Somali capital: official

The head of a Turkish organization said on Sunday that Turkey's assistance prevented famine-oriented deaths in Somalia.

Mehmet Samil Emin, an executive of Turkish International Cooperation & Development Agency responsible for coordination of assistance to Somalia, said no one was dying of hunger in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, thanks to aid Turkey was extending.

"I visited the tent-site set up by the Turkish Red Crescent that shelters 1,470 people, and I did not see any child or an adult who was weak due to lack of food," Emin told AA correspondent.

Emin said famine-oriented deaths had been prevented in Somalia, thanks to Turkey's aid.

Turkey was trying to do its best to help solve Somalia's problems, Emin also said.

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.

AA

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