Somalia isn’t exactly the country you’d go to on your next vacation. Civil wars and famine have tortured the country and its inhabitants for decades now. In a recent report, the UN warns that this year once again 360.000 children are malnourished. And even worse, 70.000 are in a life-threatening situations and urgently need medical help.
French blogger Jérôme Jarre, known for his support to many good causes, heard about the current situation while he was on the phone with a volunteer on-the-spot. In a video he posted on Twitter he tells that this volunteer saw a six-year-old girl dying in front of his eyes because of dehydration. And the saddest thing is, the subject is being concealed or downsized by the mainstream media.
In the same video Jérôme calls for action. He proposes to go with a plane full of food and water to Somalia to help the inhabitants. Since Turkish Airlines is the only company flying to the country, he launches the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. And asks all his followers to help him reach out to get Turkish Airlines’ attention.
In a matter of hours actor Ben Stiller, Youtube stars Casey Neistat, Juanpa Zurita and social media activist Chaka Bars rallied behind the project. Calling themselves the #LoveArmyForSomalia.