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Colin Kaepernick helps get airplane to aid starving Somalis

Colin Kaepernick helps get airplane to aid starving Somalis”

On Friday afternoon, Kaepernick posted a video happily announcing that the plane was granted.

National Football League quarterback, Colin Kaepernick and comedian, Ben Stiller, have teamed up with Turkish Airlines to help those suffering in Somalia. He then called on the global community to come together to find a solution to the ongoing crisis that is impacting at least 16 million people in East Africa alone.

Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations humanitarian chief, said after his recent visit to Somalia that more than half the population - 6.2 million people - need humanitarian assistance and protection, while 2.9 million of them need urgent help "to save or sustain their lives".

Drought and hunger are afflicting Somalia, but no one knows because the media is not talking about it - that's the message that propelled the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia to the top of Twitter's global trends Wednesday night.

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria now face starvation and famine, according to the UN. Where to get that food and water? They have established a Go Fund Me page to raise money to purchase food, water, and other supplies.

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Two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have resulted in severe water shortages, a drop in food production, livestock deaths and rising costs of food that is pushing Somalia towards a starvation just six years after some 260,000 people starved to death in the East African nation. And this is incredible. "This is fantastic, let's keep building, let's keep going".

Actor Ben Stiller and his foundation are also behind the movement.

Turkish Airlines is one of the few that travel to Somalia, and the flight is expected to take place March 27. Their goal listed is $1 million.

A GoFundMe campaign dubbed Love Army For Somalia launched today by Jérôme Jarre, Juanpa Zurita, Casey Neistat, Stiller and others has already raised nearly $200,000 in just three hours, with a goal of raising $1 million in 10 days.



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