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This is already the second batch of Ukrainian wheat for Somalia. In autumn, a ship loaded with 28,500 tonnes of wheat left the Pivdennyi port as part of the "grain initiative".
Ethiopia, for instance, abstained from the October UN resolution to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but is among the first countries that are confirmed to be receiving the donation.
Three Black Sea ports were unblocked at the end of July under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.
Ukraine has been ravaged and destroyed by the incursion of Russia that began in February of this year which claimed the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee the country.
The combination of a prolonged drought, increasing conflict, and rising food prices are projected to drive food insecurity up, reaching catastrophic levels for more than 81 000 people by June 2022 and with a risk of famine in several areas.
Western leaders are under pressure to unite other countries behind their opposition to Russia's war in Ukraine, while Moscow is eager to blame Western sanctions for the worsening food crisis.
Despite the gravity of the crisis, the US, other major powers, and financial institutions have ignored the UN’s humanitarian appeal as they turn their attention and resources to the war in Ukraine.
Madaxa WFP Mike Dunford, ayaa sheegay in in ka badan 80 milyan oo qof ay haysato cunto yari aad u daran, oo ay aad u gaajeysan yihiin Afrika – kuwaasoo ilaa 50 milyan saameysay abaarta sanadkan.
UN secretary-general António Guterres is leading an effort to unblock the Black Sea ports and security guarantees from Russia not to attack commercial shipping.
On Wednesday, Somalia voted with 140 other nations for a United Nations General Assembly resolution deploring Russia's actions and calling for the immediate withdrawal of its forces.
Somalia has not made its position clear but if it is forced to pick sides between the warring sides, it will have to pick Ukraine, bowing to the pressure by the West as the country remains reliant on foreign aid.
Until now, the Ministry did not disclose the number of Somalis stuck on Ukraine’s border with other EU countries who are helpless as their country has no embassy in Poland to evacuate them.