Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

First UN ship delivers food relief from Ukraine to drought-hit Horn of Africa – The North Africa Post

The first UN-chartered ship carrying Ukrainian grain from Russia to Africa arrived in Djibouti Tuesday (30 August). It will be distributed in Ethiopia to aid the nation in drought, which is facing worsening hunger and the threat of famine.

“The food on the Brave Commander will feed 1.5 million people, for one month in Ethiopia,” Mike Dunford, East Africa regional director for the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) said. “So, this makes a very big impact, for those people who currently have nothing and now WFP will be able to provide them with their basic needs.”

Russian blockade of Ukraine’s seaports forced the East European country to halt nearly all deliveries of grain, which sparked concerns about a worldwide food crisis. The Black Sea Initiative (or a settlement between Kyiv-Moscow that was mediated in July by the UN, Turkey, and other countries) saw a resumption at three Black Sea ports of wheat, fertilizers, and other foodstuffs exports.

WFP reported that 150,000 tonnes of additional wheat grain from Ukraine would be delivered to Ethiopia over the next few weeks thanks to US funding. The Black Sea Initiative is a way to ease the suffering of 17 million Ethiopians living in poverty. This is happening as the Horn of Africa continues another year of drought. There are still concerns that the resumption or a reduction in exports from Ukraine will not be enough to end the crisis. Humanitarian organizations say parts of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region may be in a state of famine, because of the conflict there that has displaced more than 5 million people and a de facto humanitarian blockade imposed by Ethiopia’s federal government.

Source: north africa post

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