Muslim states to discuss Somalia aid: OIC

Tens of thousands have died in drought and famine-hit Somalia.

Afp August 10, 2011

JEDDAH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said Wednesday foreign ministers of member states will meet in Turkey next week to discuss aid to drought- and famine-hit Somalia.

The meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday follows a "call by Turkey to help the people of Somalia," said the largest pan-Islamic body, which is based in Saudi Arabia.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called last week on the 57-member OIC to meet to intervene in Somalia, the Turkish Anatolia news agency said.

Member states gathered in Istanbul last month to coordinate an emergency response to the devastating drought in Somalia.

The OIC would start by distributing aid to some 40,000 people in the Afgooye corridor near Mogadishu under an agreement with the World Food Programme, Ihsanoglu said at the time.

The United Nations last month officially declared famine in two areas of southern Somalia, as the world slowly mobilised to help 12 million people battling hunger in the region's worst drought in 60 years.

Tens of thousands have died.

Parts of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti are also hit by the drought.


sharjeel | 12 years ago | Reply

so far only iran is the islamic country which has announced a 25 million dollar aid for there brothern in somalia,,,,,,, rest of self proclaimed islamic countries are busy enjoying the pleasures of lives,,,,,,,what a pity

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