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    First humanitarian grain ship sets sail from Ukraine to Africa

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    A total of 23,000 tonnes of wheat are on board the vessel chartered by the United Nations World Food Program.

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    Brave Commander leaves the seaport of Pivdennyi with wheat for Ethiopia after restarting grain exports, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Yuzhne, Odessa region.

    The first humanitarian ship chartered by the United Nations (UN) sailed towards Africa This Tuesday, 16, from the Ukrainian port of Pivdenny with “a total of 23 thousand tons of wheat are on board the ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Program”, announced the Ministry of Infrastructure of the country at war. “The shipment has proceeded to the port of Djibouti, where supplies will be delivered to reach consumers in Ethiopia,” the ministry said on Telegram. This is the first shipment of food aid to leave Ukraine after the signing of agreements between Kiev and Moscowwith the mediation of Turkey and UN support to export Ukrainian grain blocked due to the war. Ukraine and Russia they are among the world’s largest grain exporters, which have seen prices soar since the start of the war. The first commercial ship set sail on 1 August. Since the entry into force of the agreement, 15 vessels have left the Ukraine, according to the country’s authorities, but this is the first humanitarian ship of the UN. According to the World Food Program, a record 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity, while 50 million people in 45 countries are at risk of starvation without humanitarian aid.

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    Source: Jovempan

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