Annerie JVR/International Medical Corps
The German humanitarian aid agency, Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen, or Wings of Help, is coordinating the largest airlift of humanitarian relief supplies from Germany to the Horn of Africa, where 12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance.
The supplies, which include approximately 90 tons of vital medicines, tents, and nutrient-dense foods, will be transported to Kenya on a cargo flight donated by Lufthansa Airlines, and will be distributed in partnership with International Medical Corps and its teams on the ground in Kenya and Somalia.
“International Medical Corps is deeply grateful to Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen, Lufthansa, International Relief Teams, Dr. Gerhard Gensthaler, Dr. Marcus Schmitt, Mr. Christian Poppe, and all those who came together to make this lifesaving shipment of supplies possible,” says Nancy A. Aossey, President & CEO of International Medical Corps. “This timely donation will allow us to restore the health and well-being of thousands of children, and relieve the suffering of families impacted by this devastating drought and famine.”
The supplies will first be distributed in the drought affected areas in the Eastern province of Kenya (in Isiolo); in the Rift Valley (Samburu and Laikipia); and Coast Province (Tana river and Tana Delta).
The airlift to the Horn of Africa is the latest in a long partnership between Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen and International Medical Corps in responding to humanitarian crises across the globe, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2010 Pakistan floods, and 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.