Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Colin Kaepernick Gets Humanitarian Win for Somalia

Colin Kaepernick Gets Humanitarian Win for Somalia

According to the GoFundMe, the airline has agreed to provide cargo planes filled with supplies for Somalia until the starvation is over. But it surely looks like Somalia will soon be welcoming a very meaningful flight, all thanks to the power of social media influence and the inspiration to do good for those in need. To Jerome, it exemplified a much bigger problem that's rarely talked about in mainstream media: 20 million people in East Africa are going through the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

A severe drought in Somalia has been causing deaths due to dehydration and cholera.

"Amazing news, Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia, a 60-ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people", said Kaepernick in a video.

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.

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Stiller emphasized that the campaign could draw significant media attention to the ongoing crisis and start a "snowball effect" pushing people to help. They have established a Go Fund Me page to raise money to purchase food, water, and other supplies. We can all help by continuing to spread awareness of East Africa's dire circumstances.

Kaepernick appealed on Thursday over Instagram for any help for Somalia. "We can help be the change". Victory for the people of Somalia.

This world is not a ideal one by any stretch of the imagination, but glimmers of goodness like this one might just help make it a better place.

A GoFundMe campaign dubbed Love Army For Somalia launched today by Jérôme Jarre, Juanpa Zurita, Casey Neistat, Stiller and others has already raised nearly $200,000 in just three hours, with a goal of raising $1 million in 10 days.

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