9/2/11 (AEIN) International aid organizations are working to supply more food to the people of Libya and Somalia, many of whom became refugees in recent months due to malnutrition and war. Efforts are also being made to distribute other essential supplies such as water and bedding.
The World Food Program supplied food weighing six-hundred metric tons to the Libyan Red Crescent in Tripoli, according to the U.N. The Red Crescent will give the food to roughly 36,000 people most affected by the war. Meanwhile, UNICEF continued providing water to residents of Tripoli, where the public water system has stopped functioning.
The United Nations announced on Friday that it would enhance efforts to assist malnourished refugees from Somalia, in cooperation with other non-profit organizations. Among other steps, It will open more food supply centers in refugee camps. In addition to food, the U.N. supplies bedding and mosquito nets to Somali refugees in Ethiopia.
NATO airstrikes combined with ground fighting between army and rebel forces have destroyed infrastructure, cut off sources of income and disrupted transportation in Libya. Meanwhile, an extreme drought and ongoing civil war have led to severe malnutrition in Somalia.