Indonesia donates 1,000 tons of rice to Somalia | Pakistan News Digest

Indonesia donates 1,000 tons of rice to Somalia

Jakarta, (IINA) - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla ordered the release and delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia in an attempt to tackle famine, Antara News reported Tuesday.

"As many as 1,000 tons of rice will be delivered from the Port of Tanjung Perak to Somalia this month," President of the Fast Action Response (ACT) Ahyudin stated after a meeting with Kalla. During the meeting, Kalla lauded ACTs efforts and thanked people who donated to help Somalis suffering from famine. "We are a great nation that is willing to help address the humanitarian needs of other nations," he stated.

The humanitarian aid is targeted to reach 25,000 tons of rice. The aid will be given in several stages during the year.

"Thank God, we have collected 1,000 tons of rice from people in a month," he remarked.

"About 1,000 tons of rice will be distributed to 40,000 families in various regions of Somalia," he remarked.

He stated that ACT would focus on collecting food assistance for Somalis, and that donations in the form of money will be changed into rice.

"At least 80 percent of Africans also consume rice," he noted.

The ship carrying the rice will cross the ocean for 20 days of travel. It is scheduled to set sail between April 23 and 30.

Based on a UN report, some 6.2 million people in Somalia, more than half the population, suffer from famine.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

   

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