Jerome Jarre Used a Hashtag to Fly Food and Water to Somalia

Posted March 19, 2017

The airline agreed to ship food containers on their commercial aircraft until the end of Somalia's starvation.

The president of the Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, thanked Stiller for raising awareness and said the charity was preparing three ships and three cargo planes to Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan with Turkish Airlines.

The drought in Somalia threatens half the countries population, causing deaths due to dehydration and cholera.

His idea? To find a plane, fill it with water and food, fly it to Somalia, and have local NGO's distribute the cargo to the those in need.

"It's kind of a insane idea but I think it could work and I think by doing something like this, it could get a lot of media attention, because there's no media attention on what's going on there right now and it could start a snowball effect to try to get people to take action to help with what's going on over there right now", he said.

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria now face starvation and famine, according to the UN.

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"We can help create the change", he said.

Actor Ben Stiller, social media personality Juanpa Zurita and YouTube personality and filmmaker Casey Neistat, American football player Colin Kaepernick and many others swiftly backed the campaign.

Turkish Airlines also started backing the campaign by retweeting the tweets related to the push, finally posting a video on Friday with the title, "Ready for take-off to help Somalia".

This month Antonio Guterres, U.N. secretary-general, visited Somalia to make an appeal for $825 million in aid for 5.5 million Somalis, the New York Times reported.

A handful of the world's top influencers have teamed with the actor Ben Stiller and Turkish Airlines to fight a starvation that has swept Somalia in recent days, where roughly half of the country's population can not access food due to a severe drought. Donate food. Donate water.

The group Kaepernick is working with is Love Army for Somalia. "We'll make sure every cent goes to help these people". Victory for the people of Somalia.