Posted on August 17, 2011 by Buqaqable.net
Ankara: Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Somalia
Along with his family after a summit of Islamic countries on the famine in the
African country in the Turkish city of Istanbul. the Turkish premier will travel
To the famine-stricken country on Thursday, a day after foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) convene in Istanbul for an emergency meeting on Somalia, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Erdogan plans to visit relief camps in Somalia to draw international attention to the country’s plight that has been the most severe in decades.
It is “impossible for us to be spectators to the human tragedy in Africa,” Erdogan has said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his family will also accompany Erdogan to the famine-hit African country.
Turkey has expanded commercial ties with African nations under Erdogan and has opened several new embassies across the continent.
The drought and famine have affected more than 11.8 million people across Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Somalia has been the hardest-hit country in what is being described as the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.
According to the United Nations, it is estimated that a quarter of Somalia’s population of 9.9 million are now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in the African country.
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