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Two Kuwaiti aid planes set for Somalia
Kuwaiti News Agency
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

KUWAIT, July 19 (KUNA) -- Two Kuwaiti planes carrying relief, medical aid and tents will head to Somalia on Thursday to assist millions of starving drought victims in the African country.

The initiative comes after Kuwait agreed USD 10 million in relief aid for Somalia, whose people are suffering from famine and malnutrition as a result of the most severe drought to have hit the country in ten years.

The decision was passed by the Kuwaiti Cabinet according to the instructions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society's chief spokesperson, Abdulrahman Al-Aoun said in a statement.

The UN World Food Programme has estimated that around 10 million people require food aid in the country, due to the extreme wave of drought and heavy armed conflict, he said.

Also, according to UNICEF, as close as two million children are affected by malnutrition and are in desperate need of food.

Kuwaiti News Agency