UN appeals to Kenya to allow food into Somalia

The United Nations food relief agency has appealed to Kenyan authorities to allow assistance for more than 100,000 people to be trucked into Somalia, where deliveries are being hampered.

One hundred and forty WFP-contracted trucks carrying the food left the Kenyan port of Mombasa and were unexpectedly stopped at the Northeast Kenyan border crossing of El-Wak since they first started arriving there on 25 May.

WFP Somalia Country Director Peter Goossens said “The Kenyan overland route was chosen because of major problems with sea routes to Somalia plagued by pirate attacks.”