Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Colin Kaepernick helps get airplane to aid Somalia

Colin Kaepernick helps get airplane to aid Somalia

Campaign to raise $1m to deliver humanitarian aid to famine-hit African country gets massive public support.

Jarre had called on social media users to bring the problem to the attention of water and food companies as well as Turkish Airlines, in the hope that the media attention that the hashtag attracted would spark action.

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.

THANKS @TurkishAirlines for THE PLANE!

Other social media users shared similar videos urging followers to spread the word and encourage Turkish Airlines, the only commercial air carrier that flies to Somalia, to donate a plane.

He said he believed his initiative was going to be successful when he was sending out the first tweet.

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"This is a victory for the people of Somalia", he said.

Drought and hunger are afflicting Somalia, but no one knows because the media is not talking about it - that's the message that propelled the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia to the top of Twitter's global trends Wednesday night.

A GoFundMe campaign dubbed Love Army For Somalia launched today by Jérôme Jarre, Juanpa Zurita, Casey Neistat, Stiller and others has already raised nearly $200,000 in just three hours, with a goal of raising $1 million in 10 days.

The former San Francisco 49er got involved with the "Turkish Airlines Help Somalia" movement, which has led to food, water and aid being sent to the country, which is experiencing a historic starvation that could reportedly affect more than six million people. Around a million children under the age of five will be acutely malnourished this year.

Without an immediate injection of funds, the United Nations warns that "people will simply starve to death" in the struggling Horn of Africa country.

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

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