News: NATO escorts food aid shipments to Somalia

I reported before about the logistical challenges to bring humanitarian aid to Somalia.

Since June 2005, when a vessel carrying food aid to Somalia for the World Food Programme (WFP) was hijacked, the issue of piracy in the Golf of Aden got international attention.
The hijackers demanded a ransom for the release of the ship, its crew and cargo. The ship was released after being held for 100 days. Following that incident other ships -commercial vessels, yachts and cruiseliners- have been under attack or were were hijacked. (More). Even today a Saudi oil tanker got hijacked by Somali pirates.

As the sea is one of the only means to have humanitarian aid reach Somalia, there is now no other alternative then to have NATO vessels escorting the relief shipments:

More posts on The Road about food aid, Somalia and WFP

Video courtesy WFP


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