Today, 11-to-13 million people are starving and are fleeing southern Somalia for camps in Kenya. Experts are calling it the worst drought in 60 years. More than 2 million children (under the age of five) in Somalia as well as in parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are acutely malnourished, including almost 500,000 children in an immediate life-threatening state. In addition, children are more vulnerable to the spread of killer diseases, especially to outbreaks of measles, diarrhea and pneumonia.
In response to this tragic situation, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) have officially released urgent appeals for assistance. This week, UPS committed to leverage its global logistics network to help speed emergency supplies to the region.