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TURKEY-SOMALIA -Turkish aid teams in Somalia.

MOGADISHU, January 03, 2012 (TUR) -- Aid teams from Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) visited camps on Tuesday in Mogadishu, the capital of hunger and drought-hit Somalia.

After two cargo planes of the Turkish Airlines carrying aid sent by the Red Crescent, the Directorate of Religious Affairs and TIKA landed at Mogadishu Airport on Monday night, aid teams headed by TIKA chairman Serdar Cam and Red Crescent's director general Omer Tasli had a meeting with Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. The aid delegation received information about basic needs from Prime Minister Mohamed Ali.

TIKA chairman Cam said that whole Turkey was exerting great efforts under the chairmanship of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Somalia, stating that he asked Somali officials to help them with distribution of aid properly.

Meanwhile Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ali earlier sent a letter to Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, asking for help to fight famine in his country.

Turkish Red Crescent said that more than 6 million lira was collected in campaigns launched to assist hunger and drought-hit Somalia.

On Monday, planes carrying Turkish people's donations and aid arrived in Somalia where some 5 million people face death as famine grips in the Horn of Africa.

Two cargo planes of the Turkish Airlines carrying aid sent by the Red Crescent, the Directorate of Religious Affairs and the Turkish International Cooperation & Development Agency (TIKA) landed at Mogadishu Airport on Monday night.

According to the United Nations, up to 12 million people in the Horn of Africa have been affected by famine. The U.S. Agency for International Development said that more than 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 have died in the past 90 days while 640,000 Somali children were acutely malnourished. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that more than $1 billion will be necessary to address all the needs. The USA has so far provided almost $460 million to the overall relief effort.

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