If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you may have seen the trending hashtag: #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. The whole thing happened so fast, it was almost impossible to keep up but don’t stress, that’s what we’re here for. Let’s break it down:
On Wednesday, Vine star Jéröme Jarre was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia about the famine that is currently affecting 6 million Somali people. And Jéröme decided to do something. Something big. He worked out that Turkish Airlines is the only international airline that flies to Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) so he encouraged people to tweet them to get their attention.
🚨MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON'T TALK ABOUT IT !!!
— JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) March 15, 2017
Then other YouTubers like Juanpa Zurita and Casey Neistat got involved:
— JUANPA ZURITA (@ElJuanpaZurita) March 15, 2017
And then Ben Stiller threw his weight behind the mission, obvs:
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 15, 2017
They got Turkish Airlines attention:
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) March 16, 2017
Turkish Airlines agreed to fly a plane to Somalia with 60 tonnes of food to Somalia as well as agreeing to send food containers on their commercial flights until THE END OF THE FAMINE. Seriously, kudos to Turkish Airlines.
Now Jéröme & Co. had a plane, they needed to raise some money. Actually, $1 million to be exact (£806,000). The team set up a GoFundMe page and put out a call on social media.
Within 24 hours, they’d raised over $1 million to provide basic food such as rice, flour, sugar and oats to Somalian people. They’ve teamed up with an non-government organisation that’s already on the ground called the American Refuge Committee that are going to help distribute the food and to organise water trucks to deliver water to families in need.
As of writing, the page has raised $1,750,000 (£1,410,000) – and there are still five days to go. If you want to be a part of this movement, there’s still time to donate, just visit the GoFundMe page and join the 62,000 people who have contributed to the Love Army for Somalia.
This Monday, let’s do some good for the world.