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Food Aid Reaches Southern Somalia


A large convoy carrying commercial supplies and food aid from the World Food Program of the United Nations has reached Baidoa town, in southern Somalia, Thursday morning through the dangerous and closed Mogadishu-Baidoa road.

According to officials from the local food aid delivery contractors, the WFP stock on 26 heavy trucks carrying maize for the famine and flood stricken people of the region has warmly been welcomed in Baidoa town.

More than 40 heavy-duty trucks carrying miscellaneous business items have also been accompanying the food aid convoy.

It has been the first time for the business convoy to cross to Baidoa via direct road since the town has fallen for the Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA) in mid last year.

The officials from Al-Islah and Towfiq companies who delivered the food said much of the credit could be given to the administration of the RRA which facilitated them the smooth movement in the areas under their control.

But it has been the second time for the food aid convoy to reach Baidoa on the same road since April 23 when more than 50 trucks from WFP and CARE-International have broken the record by passing through the long closed road between Mogadishu and Baidoa.

The convoy which was also accompanied by more than 30 battle wagons and over 250 heavily armed militiamen was first collected at Jameo village, some eight kilometers south of Bur Hakaba district controlled by the RRA forces.

The road between Mogadishu and Baidoa was once known to be the best in southern Somalia.

But it has been closed because of political animosity between the RRA and militiamen loyal to Hussein Mohamed Aidid battling for control of the region.

This business convoy which accompanied the aid convoy is seen to be opening a new page for the commercial activities between Mogadishu and Baidoa where the people at both ends needed each other very badly.

The Bay and Bakol regions mainly depend much of their business on Mogadishu.



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