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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Somalia: Danes pick up food ship escort job

Reported as Danes escort mercy ships:

The Danish navy has taken over the task of escorting mercy ships to war-ravaged Somalia.

The ships carry food to more than one million starving Somalis on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP).

The Danish navy takes over from its French counterpart which has been escorting WFP ships from Mombasa to Somalia following increased cases of piracy along the coast of the Horn of Africa country.
Before handing over the mandate to escort WFP ships to Denmark, the French navy had escorted nine shipments of 30,000 tonnes of food. The food, which can feed 300,000 people for six months.

The UN agency has however said it urgently needs US$15 million to buy nearly 20,000 metric tonnes of food to cover shortfalls until June.
UN says "merci" to the French.

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