The situation in Somalia has reached crisis point, so Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has paid a surprise visit. He arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu today. His visit to the East African Nation was an unannounced trip and it is the first time a higher profile UK minister has visited Somalia since the Somali Parliament elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as president last month. Britain is appealing for aid for Somalia’s drought, which has been declared a national disaster amid warnings of a full-blown famine. The drought, which the United Nations says threatens about half Somalia’s population, or roughly 6 million people, is part of a four-nation humanitarian crisis that the U.N. has called the largest since the world body was formed in 1945.
Britain on Wednesday announced that it would match “pound for pound” the first £5 million ($6.1 million) donated by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal. The committee is a collection of 13 British aid agencies.
Boris’s visit was described as “inspiring” by delighted Somalians. There are more details of Boris’s visit here. Above he is seen helping load supplies.