Monday, August 22, 2011

Freight and Logistic Group Aid the Starving

FedEx Step Up to (and with) the Plate Again
Shipping News Feature

AFRICA – US – Following our earlier story regarding the assistance sent by the air freight and logistics community in Luxembourg to the famine stricken Horn of Africa comes news of another supply chain and express freight delivery group supporting the cause. Yesterday FedEx Express delivered approximately 91 metric tonnes of high-nutrient food to Nairobi, Kenya. The charitable initiative was organized in collaboration with UNICEF with the aim of offering life-saving assistance to severely malnourished children in south and central Somalia.

FedEx used a Boeing 777F aircraft and the relief aid shipment coincides with the company’s announcement to donate an additional 777F relief flight. FedEx believe that the latest donations currently make FedEx the single largest provider of philanthropic air lifts of aid for UNICEF in response to the famine in Somalia. Together the loads will treat over 6,000 severely malnourished children and provide fortified food for 4,000 families for two weeks.

The Boeing 777F aircraft departed Paris Saturday evening and arrived in Nairobi the following morning. The state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient aircraft is the world’s largest twin-engine cargo aircraft. With a larger payload capacity, the 777F aircraft provides a greater injection of aid in a single trip than many other airplanes. The modern 777F carries 14,000 more pounds of goods and also uses 18% less fuel than the MD-11, making it an efficient way to deliver aid when disaster strikes.

FedEx Express can claim a longstanding commitment to disaster relief with over 2,300 tonnes of charitable shipping last year alone. Gerald P. Leary, president, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa made the company’s position clear saying:

“The crisis in the Horn of Africa calls for a prompt and unwavering response. I am both humbled and honoured that FedEx can lend its robust logistics expertise and global transportation capabilities to help UNICEF bring much-needed relief to the children of this region.”

The food shortage has been recognized as the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world to date. Famine was declared in parts of south Somalia in July. Since then, more than a thousand Somali children continue to arrive in Ethiopia and Kenya on a daily basis.

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

Photo:- The first airlifted emergency food supply arriving last month at Mogadishu Airport under the United Nations World Food Programme.