Somalia is among the most dire and complex emergencies in the world as a result of a combination of conflict, massive displacement and drought. The country has been without a functioning government for over 20 years, and only very recently a new government has been formed. Despite this, conflict is ongoing resulting in alarming rates of internally displaced persons.
Humanitarian corridors are being sought to reach vulnerable communities, particularly in the south. However, the lack of safe and reliable commercial airlines in Somalia and insecure roads, leaves WFP/ UNHAS as the only reliable option for safe air travel for humanitarian personnel. Furthermore, the large influx of Somali refugees into Kenya has resulted in a scale-up of humanitarian activities and subsequently, the need for a common air transport service to reach the remote refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma in northern Kenya.
WFP/UNHAS Somalia/Kenya provides air services to over 100 humanitarian organizations working in Somalia and in Kenya to 30 destinations on a regular basis.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Geoffrey Mwangi, Chief Air Transport Officer, WFP/UNHAS Somalia
Tel: +254 73 2902 36