Printable Version FedEx Donates Aid Supply Flights to UNICEF in Response to Famine in Somalia


The current food shortage in Somalia has been recognised as one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world to date since a famine was officially declared in the southern parts of the country in July. Since then, more than a thousand Somali children continue to arrive in Ethiopia and Kenya on a daily basis.

In response to this emergency FedEx has already delivered approximately 91 metric tons of high-nutrient food via UNICEF in Nairobi, Kenya, to help provide life-saving assistance to severely malnourished children in south and central Somalia.

At the time of the shipment, our in-kind donation (which involved air-freighting cargo to Africa from our Paris hub using highly efficient Boeing 777F aircraft) made FedEx the single largest provider of philanthropic air services for UNICEF in response to the famine in Somalia. The deliveries concerned will provide treatment for over 6,000 severely malnourished children as well as fortified food to sustain 4,000 families for two weeks.

FedEx has a long-standing commitment to disaster relief, and in support of this objective we donated more than 2,300 metric tons of charitable shipping in 2010 alone.

To learn more about the crisis and how you can help, please visit http://www.unicef.org