China has made its largest single donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with 16 million U.S. dollars towards famine relief operation in Somalia, WFP said on Monday.
“It fully reveals Chinese people’s greetings and heartful care for people around the world,” said WFP Deputy Executive Director Amir Mahmoud Abdulla in the statement.
“China had emerged as an important donor for WFP programs around the world,” he added.
Somalia has been experiencing the most severe food crisis in African history. About 3.6 million people in the country are at risk of starvation, accounting for half of its population. More than half of all Somali children are undernourished, with six infants dying from malnutrition every day.
“The Chinese donation will help ensure that these vital supplies, as well as general rations of basic foods such as cereals, pulses and cooking oil, reach those most in need over the coming months,” said the release.
According to the WFP, some eleven million people across the region are estimated to be in need of food assistance following its worst drought in 60 years.
More than half of all Somali children are malnourished, with six infants dying from malnutrition every day.
Currently the core task of WFP’s relief operations in Somalia is to provide ready-to-use food, which is effective in keeping teenagers from malnutrition, according to the statement.