Former Vine star Jerome Jarre started a campaign to fill a Turkish Airlines plane with supplies and fly to Somalia to help the victims of the famine there. He posted a video where he said he was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia who had just witnessed a 6-year-old girl dying from dehydration after walking 90 miles with her mother to look for water.
He started a tweet #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia.
The Secretary-General remarked at press encounter with President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo.
“But today, we have 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia – that’s almost half of the Somali population. We have 333,000 children that are acutely malnourished and there’s the risk that it could go up to a million if there’s not enough support to avoid it. We have 3.3 million people in need of health support to avoid the impact of diseases and to avoid the circumstances under which it is so easy to lose one’s life because of lack of health assistance. Cholera has been developing and making hunger even worse and more dangerous. In the last two months, we had 7,731 cases of cholera with 183 people dying. Just last week – 1,352 cases of cholera and 38 people dying. It’s a process in acceleration.”
You Tuber Juanpa Zurita jumped on the bandwagon. Followed by NFL star Colin Kaepernick. Then Ben Stiller.
The tweet ranked at #1 for “trending now”.
The campaign got the attention of Turkish Airlines.
In a video, one of the airline’s pilots said he was proud to be part of the campaign.
INTERNET!! WE HAVE A PLANE!!
THIS IS HISTORY!!
NOW LET’S GET THE FOOD !!! 56,32756,327 Retweets
Jarre said a Turkish Airlines plane would be filled with 60 tonnes of food aid and flown to Somalia on 27 March.