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Our gift of life-saving food on its way to Somalia

Bound for Somalia: A sack of 'likuni phala'

A further shipment of life-saving food from Mary’s Meals is on its way to Somalia to help starving children and families affected by the severe food crisis.

We have been working with our friends, the African relief agency Gift of the Givers, since last September to help over 40,000 people who have fled to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in search of food.

The latest 480 tonne shipment of nutritious maize-based porridge ‘likuni phala’ – the same food we provide to children at our school feeding projects in Malawi – brings the total amount of food we have bought so far to over 6.8 million meals.

As planned from the beginning of the emergency response in Somalia, Mary’s Meals will phase out these shipments of food by the middle of the year, by which point the worst of the crisis should be over. We will close our public appeal by the end of May.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, chief executive of Mary’s Meals, said: “We are extremely grateful that we have been able to respond to the relief operation during the time of the acute crisis thanks to the amazing support and the generosity of our supporters.

“Meanwhile we continue to focus our work in the poorest communities around the world where families, who cannot feed their children, are facing emergency situations every day.

“We provide daily school meals for such children in places like Haiti, Liberia, Kenya and India, where poor children miss school because they are working in fields, begging on street corners and looking after their younger siblings at home.”

The latest batch of food aid was sent from Durban in South Africa to Mogadishu. We plan to send a further 160 tonnes of food to Somalia shortly.

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