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Sheikh Mohamed orders Dh35m UAE aid to Somalia

President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed to send Dh35 million as humanitarian aid to Somalia to assist the country’s development and alleviate extreme poverty.

According to WAM, the aid demonstrates the UAE’s desire to assist friendly countries and its attempts to improve bilateral relations with Somalia.

Re-elected Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said his country is experiencing its worst drought in decades.

The UN reported that 6.1 million people or roughly 40 percent of the population have been affected, with 760,000 people fleeing their homes.

The UAE aid intends to improve Somali people’s living conditions and strengthen their government’s ability to deal with humanitarian crises, WAM stated.

Humanitarian organizations warned that unless help is significantly increased, Somalia might face a famine similar to the one that occurred in 2011, when 260,000 people died of hunger.

According to the World Bank, nearly 70 percent of the country’s 15 million inhabitants live in severe poverty, defined as a daily income of less than $1.90.

In February, UAE provided dozens of aid to Somalia, including food and water tankers, to assist people affected by the drought.

A ship carrying 572 tonnes of food landed at Mogadishu port last month for distribution to 600,000 people. BKM/ Expat Media


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