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Celebrity campaign for Somalia has raised almost $2 million to relieve famine

  • A viral aid campaign led by actor Ben Stiller, Colin Kaepernick and others has raised nearly $2 million for famine-stricken Somalia in just five days.
  • The movement began after French social media celebrity Jérôme Jarre, concerned about a lack of media coverage surrounding the famine Somalia is currently experiencing, put out a call to action to his followers.
  • After figuring out that there is only one airline currently making commercial flights to Somalia — Turkish Airlines — Jarre set a seemingly impossible goal: What if, using the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, his fans could get the company to respond?
  • Soon Stiller and other social media influencers joined in, posting short videos on their respective platforms appealing to the airline to let the initiative use one of their cargo planes to deliver supplies.
  • To their surprise, the airline didn’t just accept — it offered to make multiple trips. Read more (3/21/17 11:40 AM)
Ben Stiller urges world to pay attention to 'worst humanitarian crisis' since WWII

Ben Stiller is using his celebrity to spread the word about something extremely important — and you may have never heard of it.

A severe drought and hunger crisis is affecting Somalia during an East African emergency one U.N. official has called “the worst humanitarian crisis” since World War II. Following Snapchat star Jérôme Jarre’s impassioned plea to help people in the region, Stiller made his own video with a hashtag the pair hopes will go viral: #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia.

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Somalia is one of four countries — all totaling around 20 million people — facing starvation, dehydration, and impending famine in East Africa. 

The UN defines famine as when at least two people out of 10,000 in a region die per day and more than30 percent of children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition. Thirty. Percent.

Horrifyingly, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria are dangerously close to meeting these qualifications. 

To send assistance to the area, Jarre created the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, aiming to get the attention of the only airline with a flight to Somalia, Turkish Airlines.

The hashtag aims to encourage Turkish Airlines to send a plane to Somalia, filled with food and water to help the struggling population. Once the plane arrives, NGOs on the ground will be in charge of distributing the life-saving goods. 

Comedy’s godfather Ben Stiller jumped on board with the hashtag, making his own video.

Jarre and Stiller hoped to make the hashtag so big that the airline had no choice but to respond — and it worked.

On Thursday, the airline tweeted:

We ❤Somalia. We got the call for this meaningful flight. @jeromejarre @redhourben @ELJuanpazurita #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia

— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) March 16, 2017

Somalia’s situation isn’t hopeless. We can all help by continuing to spread awareness of East Africa’s dire circumstances. Click here for more information on how to donate.

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anonymous asked:

hey! i know you're a skam blog and not that type of blog, but this is important and i though if you posted this a lot of people would know about it. Jérôme Jarre @jeromejarre on twitter is raising money to send food and water to Somalia. Turkish Airlines have agreed to lend a plane, that will deliver 60 tonnes of food on march 27th. Ben Stiller will be documenting everything. please checkout #lovearmyforsomalia on twitter, we've raised more than 1m€ but every bit of help matters! thanks

Yes, this is important!

anonymous asked:

hey! i know you're not really this type of blog but it'd be cool if you could post this? basically jérôme jarre @jeromejarre on twitter is raising money to send food to Somalia, as well as buy tankers to deliver water to the families. he already raised more than 1m€ and Turkish Airlines agreed to lend planes. Ben Stiller will be documenting everything to bring it more attention. every bit of help counts, check our #lovearmyforsomalia to see the videos and @jeromejarre for the gofundme

ohh this is amazing! here’s the link to the gofundme!