UAE sends supply ship to drought-hit Somalia

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-28 02:50:21|Editor: yan
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DUBAI, May 27 (Xinhua) -- A ship carrying 1,700 tons of supplies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived Saturday at the Berbera Port in drought-hit Somalia, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

The supplies were provided by the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan's foundation to alleviate the dire living conditions and assist the people affected by the drought in Somalia, said the report.

The move is in implementation of the directives of the UAE president and in line with the "For You Somalia" campaign under the Gulf state's "Year of Giving Initiative 2017," which was launched by the UAE president to help address the crisis of famine in Somalia and the disasters in various countries across the world, said WAM.

The ship sailed from Hamriyah Port in Dubai and arrived at Berbera Port in the northwest of Somalia. A relief team from the foundation will begin distributing food supplies immediately after the ship is unloaded.

The supplies comprise 1,700 tons of basic food, including 32,000 10-kilogram bags of rice, 32,000 5-kilogram bags of sugar, 26,667 boxes of milk powder, 40,000 5-litre bottles of water, 26,668 10-kilogram bags of flour, 26,668 packs of cooking oil and 1,650 boxes of dates, in addition with 21,697 pairs of women's shoes and children's socks.