Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Celebs Urge Turkish Airlines To Help Somali Famine Victims

Celebs Urge Turkish Airlines To Help Somali Famine Victims

Drought and hunger are afflicting Somalia, but no one knows because the media is not talking about it - that's the message that propelled the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia to the top of Twitter's global trends Wednesday night.

Thanks to professional athlete, and other celebrities, plus the general power of social media, the airline offered a cargo plane with food and water.

The drought in Somalia has caused an historic starvation that is affecting at least 5 million people; in early March 110 people from the same region died within 48 hours according to the country's prime minister.

The drought in Somalia threatens half the countries population, causing deaths due to dehydration and cholera.

In collaboration with Ben Stiller's charitable foundation and a group of young humanitarians, the group appealed to Turkish Airlines to provide them with a plane that they could fill with food and fly to East Africa. We can't let this happen, we have to help these people.

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National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick also took part in the social media campaign, posting an Instagram video where he asked his followers to share videos, to urge Turkish Airlines to send supplies to Somalia.

The hashtag was started by French entrepreneur and social media star Jerome Jarre, who began the campaign to highlight the humanitarian disaster unfolding in the country.

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria now face starvation and famine, according to the UN.

Kaepernick appealed on Thursday over Instagram for any help for Somalia. The first flight is scheduled for takeoff on March 27, and so the Love Army has taken to GoFundMe to raise money to buy 60 tons of food, as well as water truck deliveries.

Once the plane had been secured, the group launched a GoFundMe page, Love Army for Somalia, to solicit donations. "We'll make sure every cent goes to help these people". It is said at least 5 million people are affected.

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