Somalia drought victims receive aid from Algeria
Algeria is participating in international efforts to tackle the food crisis in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Somalia. The first planeload of emergency humanitarian aid for Horn of Africa countries delivered 54 tonnes of food, tents and medicines to Somalia last week.
The operation is "a token of the solidarity that Algeria is showing to the nations of the Horn of Africa", Minister of African and Maghreb Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said August 18th. "Somalia and the other countries in the Horn of Africa are in a tragic situation," he said.
The first of the two-stage relief operation will deliver 600 tonnes of food and medicine to the Dadaab camp on the Kenyan border. The place is home to more than 400,000 refugees. The second stage will be implemented over the next few weeks, with aid being sent to Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea. The ports of Mombasa and Djibouti will receive 10,000 tonnes of food and medicine.
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