Irish Aid ships 75 tonnes of humanitarian aid through Kenya for Somalia

The Trócaire logistics team work on the repacking and distribution of lifesaving aid items donated by Irish Aid, that arrived by ship to Mombasa to be distributed to families in Somalia. Photo: Twitter/trocaire

In September, 75 tonnes of humanitarian supplies from Irish Aid set off on its six week journey from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) hub in Dubai to Dollow in the Gedo Region of Somalia, an area experiencing devastating food insecurity.

The shipment contained tents, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, emergency shelter tool kits, lanterns, hygiene kits, water tanks and jerry cans to help up to a thousand Somali families.

Irish Aid in Mombasa
The Irish Aid shipment arrives in Mombasa. Photo: Twitter/Irish_Aid

With the current volatile security situation in Somalia, upon arrival in Kenya the shipment was separated in to three separate convoys to ensure that the shipment would arrive safely.

Once the aid had reached its destination, Trocáire staff was on hand to begin distributing the humanitarian supplies to the most vulnerable families in the region, including those displaced as result of conflict and insecurity.

Irish Aid distribution in Somalia
The aid shipment is distributed in Somalia. Photo: Twitter/Irish_Aid

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Irish Catholic Church, has a strong, long-established presence in the Gedo region in southern Somalia. Its humanitarian programme, supported by Irish Aid since 2008, provides health, nutrition and livelihoods support for vulnerable communities in Gedo.

In addition to the shipment of humanitarian supplies, Irish Aid has provided almost €6 million in humanitarian assistance to Trócaire’s United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) partners on the ground in Somalia in 2017.

Irish Aid in Somalia
Irish Aid is distributed in Somalia. Photo: Twitter/Irish_Aid

Focusing on saving lives, alleviating suffering, building resilience for women and children and increasing timely access to life-saving health, nutrition and livelihood intervention for the Somali people, Ireland’s total support to Somalia since 2012 of over €33.7 million.