Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, on Wednesday ordered the immediate airlifting of food and medical aid to famine-hit Somalia.
Tantawy said two Military C-130 planes were to immediately transport tons of food aid containing protein rich dairy products, rice, wheat and sugar, along with tons of medical aid, in an attempt to help alleviate the suffering of the "brotherly" Somali people.
In the meantime, spokeswoman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Menha Bakhoum, said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, was preparing to leave for Addis Ababa on Thursday, to attend an emergency meeting organized by the African Union to collect aid for the horn of Africa region.
The drought in the region, particularly in Somalia, is affecting some 12 million people, who face the risk of dying from starvation due to the severe famine and drought there, described as one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes the world has witnessed in recent memory.
Bakhoum who said Egypt was keen on alleviating the suffering of people in famine-hit Somalia, stated that Egypt had also taken part in the recently-held emergency meetings on Somalia, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gatherings.
A popular committee of Egyptian volunteers, consisting of mainly doctors, are also to arrive in Somalia shortly to try and play a role in saving the threatened lives of the Somali children.
-0- PANA MI/VAO 24Aug2011