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Saturday, July 30, 2005
[Media Source*] (Hat Tip: UN Dispatch)
(ABC) A flight chartered by the United Nations (UN) World Food Program has arrived in the west African state of Niger, as efforts intensify to relieve the famine there.
It is carrying more than 40 tonnes of emergency rations. It is the first of a series of planned airlifts over the next few days. Two-and-a-half-million people in Niger are at risk of starvation.
Although the United Nations has a host of problems often reported in the news, here is a glimpse of some of the good that they are contributing across the globe. It seems that the infrastructure in Niger is worse than what this blogger expected, as supplies (once flown in) have to be loaded onto trucks in order to reach faraway communities in desperate need of aid.
"Shipments are arriving at some of our centres starting from Sunday," [British Red Cross spokesman Mark Snelling] said.
"What we're still waiting for is what's called Unimix, which is a kind of enriched flour which we're going to be distributing to the vulnerable under five. It's very hard. What we'd love to be able to do is to distribute anything as soon as it arrives. But it's really quite a delicate procedure."
Supplies took so long to reach Niger due to the lack of donors and international interest. Fortunately it seems the world is quickly becoming aware of Niger's need for food, and hopefully will be able to relieve these people from their food shortage crisis.
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