AMISOM donates food and non-food relief items to Somalia

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) distributed food and other items to the people of Somalia

By The Weekly Vision

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it presented food and non-food relief items to the Somali government to support more than 42,000 vulnerable persons affected by floods in its Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

“It is in response to this that AMISOM as first respondents has purchased dry food and non-food items for all the sectors under its responsibility for ease and quick distribution to the displaced, vulnerable, and needy population along and throughout the Forward Operating Bases,” said Francisco Madeira, special representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Somalia, in a statement issued Wednesday evening.

According to humanitarian partners, 5.9 million people in Somalia would require humanitarian aid today, an increase from the previous 5.2 million people in 2020

Madeira said food insecurity is likely to worsen across Somalia because of localized floods, below-average rainfall, and worsening desert locust infestation. According to humanitarian partners, 5.9 million people in Somalia would require humanitarian aid, an increase from the previous 5.2 million people in 2020. Khadija Mohamed Diriye, minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, said the items would go to people in need and boost the civil-military cooperation with the local communities living in the AMISOM Areas of Responsibility.

Diriye encouraged AMISOM to continue supporting vulnerable communities in its areas of responsibility, lauding the AU mission for working with the Somalia National Army to defeat terrorists and protect civilians living in the liberated areas.

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