Tue Sep 20, 2011
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has dispatched its 15th aid convoy to the famine-stricken and underprivileged people of Somalia in line with the Islamic Republic’s humanitarian measures.
The consignment which included 30 tons of relief aid, including flour, rice and tents, was sent via Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport to Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu Tuesday morning, IRNA reported.
The IRCS has so far sent more than 500 tons of humanitarian aid to famine-hit Somalia as part of an initiative to support the war-torn country that is battling with starvation and shortage of food.
The society plans to dispatch its major humanitarian shipment, including 5,000 tons of relief aid, to Somalia in the near future.
Reports say that aid agencies can take food supplies to only a limited number of people affected by the disaster since insecurity hinders efforts in much of the country’s south.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew the country’s former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.