#TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia: Airline to send mercy flight to famine-hit region

March 18, 2017

A group of campaigners, aiming to send 60 tons of food to Somalia, have raised more than $1 million in the past 24 hours

Turkish Airlines announced on Friday it will be sending a plane filled with aid to famine-stricken Somalia, in response to a social media campaign.

“As the only airline that connects Somalia to the world, we’ll be more than happy to deliver your love and assistance to Somalia on your behalf,” said the Turkish Airlines pilot in a video message posted on Twitter on Friday.

“As the Turkish Airlines family, we are proud to be part of this great cause,” he added. 

Jerome Jarre, the French social media celebrity, started the Twitter hashtags #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia and #LoveArmyForSomalia on Wednesday – and the campaign snowballed thanks to support from other celebrities.

The group of celebrities and Twitter users aim to fill the plane, which is planned to take off on 27 March, with 60 tons of food. They have raised more than $1 million in less than 24 hours, since the launch of the the fundraising campaign. 

Actor Ben Stiller, social media personality Juanpa Zurita, YouTube personality and filmmaker Casey Neistat, American football player Colin Kaepernick and many others swiftly backed the campaign.