China offers $16 mn to UN food agency for Somalia

August 22nd, 2011 - 9:40 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) China has donated $16 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to support its famine-relief operations in Somalia, the WFP said.

The donation will be directly delivered to WFP’s food aid programme in famine-hit Somalia, where about 1.5 million people are receiving emergency rations of food, Xinhua reported.

“It fully reveals Chinese people’s greetings and heartful care for people around the world,” said WFP Deputy Executive Director Amir Mahmoud Abdulla.

Currently the core task of WFP’s relief operations in Somalia is to provide ready-to-use food, which is effective in keeping teenagers from malnutrition, a statement said.

Somalia has been experiencing one of its most severe food crisis. About 3.6 million people are at risk of starvation, accounting for half of its population.

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