BERBERA — A ship ferrying United Nation’s World Food Programme humanitarian aid arrived in Somaliland’s Red Sea port on Wednesday carrying food for Somalia and Somaliland.
MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher (T-AK 4396), a 200-metre US-flagged vessel arrived in the port of Berbera early Wednesday carrying 31,000 metric tonnes of maize for Somaliland and Somalia, where at least 3.2 million people are facing shortages.
Berbera port manager Ali Omar Hor-Hor said the ship which normally carries U.S. Air Force cargo will be discharged in Berbera. He added the food aid for Somalia will be transported across to the south using another vessel and will be escorted by foreign forces currently fighting maritime pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Mr Hor-hor also said the UN will so connect vessels carrying food aid for Ethiopia to the port of Berbera.
This is the second food aid shipment for Somaliland to reach the port as many months. WFP claims it is currently feeding 41,600 children in 150 schools in Somaliland however the country has not experienced the famine in most parts of Somalia.
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