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Monday, June 5, 2017

Vessel Carrying 2,800 Tonnes Of Food Aid Leaves China For Drought-hit Somalia

Shanghai -    The first vessel carrying rice departed Shanghai on Monday, part of China’s emergency food aid for drought-stricken Somalia.

According to the China office of World Food Programme (WFP), the 2,821.75 tonne-rice, loaded in two ships, will be given to 223,500 Somali people as their provisions for four months.

The rice is among the two-billion-yuan (300-million dollar) emergency food aid plan announced by China for Belt and Road countries at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May.

WFP China Representative Qu Sixi said that the initiative would help countries to help each other eradicate poverty and hunger.

“WFP is extremely grateful to the Chinese government for its longstanding commitment to addressing urgent humanitarian needs to vulnerable people on the brink of famine,’’ he said.

According to WFP, half of the Somali population, including 363,000 acutely malnourished children aged fewer than five, need urgent assistance as its drought intensifies, especially in southern and north-eastern parts of the country.

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