August 11 - In recognition of the need for quick and efficient help for the famine and drought victims in the Horn of Africa, a group of Luxembourg-based companies including ArcelorMittal Foundation, Cargolux, CFL, Enovos, LuxairCARGO, Paul Wurth and SES
Together, they will offer assistance to ongoing relief efforts by funding the transport costs by air of 105 tonnes of life-saving nutritional supplies for the famine-ravaged Horn of Africa region.
The food products are largely composed of Corn Soya Blend (CSB) - a mix of partially precooked and milled cereals, soya, beans and pulses fortified with vitamins and minerals - that will be cooked with water as porridge.
Enough to feed approximately 6,500 acutely malnourished children in South Somalia for a month, the 105 tonnes of special nutritional foods and three refrigerators used for vaccines are being trucked to Luxembourg from a UNICEFwarehouse in Belgium. Upon arrival at the CargoCenter of Findel airport, the aid shipment will be palletised and handled free of charge by LuxairCARGO.
The shipment will be flown by Cargolux from Luxembourg to Nairobi, Africa, on board of a 747-400 freighter.
UNICEF needs to bring several hundred tonnes of food supplies to its regional hub in Nairobi each week as quickly as possible to cope with the humanitarian crisis that is about to spread to Uganda after hitting Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Shipping life-saving nutritional supplies by air is a costly operation with transport costs largely exceeding the value of the shipment.
As part of their social responsibility policy, the involved companies are pleased to contribute to disaster relief efforts by offering immediate and urgent help to communities hit by emergencies.