REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Fast Action Response (ACT) will depart to Somalia to deliver humanitarian aid on late April. President of the Fast Action Response (ACT) Ahyudin said they would focus on collecting food assistance for Somalis.
The humanitarian aid is targeted to reach 25 thousand tons of rice. The aid will be given in several stages during the year. "So far, we have collected 1 thousand tons of rice from people in a month and it could support 40 thousand people for one month," Ahyudin remarked after a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla here on Monday.
As planned, ACT would shipped the donation through Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, East Java. The ship will reach Somalia after 20 days crossing the ocean. Kalla said he is willing to release the delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia in an attempt to tackle famine.
During the meeting, Kalla praised the ACT's efforts inviting people to donate in the form of rice to help Somalis who suffer from famine. "We are great nation that is willing to help address the humanitarian needs of other nations," he stated.
At least, 80 percent of Africans also consume rice. Based on the UN report, some 6.2 million people in Somalia suffer from famine. At least 110 people die in every single region in the country.