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Islamic countries pledge aid for Somalia

08-18-2011 13:51 BJT

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The Organization of the Islamic Conference countries has pledged 350 million US dollars in aid for Somalia at an emergency summit held in Istanbul.

Turkey is hosting the meeting of Islamic countries in a bid to galvanize support for Somalia and other drought-stricken parts of Africa.

OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stated that OIC countries agreed to establish a fund called the Somalia Trust Fund during a meeting in June in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The fund will now begin to function with pledged support. Some 3.7 million Somalis are at risk of starvation, the majority of them are in the south of the country.

Hundreds of thousands have made the dangerous trek to the capital Mogadishu and its outlying areas in search of food aid.




Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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