Terror Bomb while Trying to Deliver aid in Drought-stricken Somalia on Wednesday.

A convoy from the Emirates Red Crescent was hit by a terrorist bomb while trying to deliver aid in drought-stricken Somalia on Wednesday.

The convoy was travelling in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when the attack occurred, with the charity’s workers lucky to avoid injury.

After the blast, the UAE was quick to reaffirm its commitment to help the people of Somalia, hundreds of thousands of whom are facing famine.

“Such terrorist acts will not deter us from extending help and assistance to Somalia while it is undergoing a critical humanitarian situation,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

“We reiterate the UAE’s support for the government and people of Somalia.”

The drought has worsened in recent weeks, leading to 110 deaths last month alone, Somalia’s ambassador to the UAE said.

Abdulkadir Al Hatimi urged the international community to act fast to save lives.

“The drought has been really bad and everyone in Somalia is suffering,” Mr Al Hatimi said.

“We would like to thank those who have helped the people for everything they have done and their efforts for the past 26 years since the civil war. But the situation is terrible now.”

Staff at the UN World Food Programme’s Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai on Wednesday packed 45 tonnes of food and medical supplies on to six lorries.

They are expected to be shipped from Sharjah to Mogadishu on Friday, from where the aid will be flown to cities across Somalia to avoid areas controlled by Al Shabab extremists.

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