Arab League to send aid to Somalia

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jul 2011

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi calls for support for those affected by Somali drought

The Arab League News Facebook page published a statement by the League making an urgent call for all Arab states, specialised organisations, Red Crescent societies and civil society organisations to make their resources available to rescue the Somali people from their plight following a severe drought that hit Somalia this summer.

The League also stressed the importance of aiding those displaced or taking refuge as a result of the disaster.

The page mentioned that Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi had assigned immediate funds from the treasury of the secretariat to distribute medical and food aid to the affected Somalis in the following days.

El-Arabi said that two Arab League delegations in Mogadishu and Nairobi – coordinated with international organizations – will oversee the distribution of aid. He implored all the Somali actors concerned to facilitate the passage of humanitarian aid to those needing it without hindrance. 

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