2016 has seen the launch of new operations in Somalia and Chad by DAC Aviation International for the World Food Programme (WFP) through their UN Humanitarian Air Service.
In Somalia, years of conflict have resulted in extreme food shortages, most drastically in the famine of 2011. Although a gradual recovery has been taking place, WFP is continuing to provide emergency and relief assistance while aiming to improve communities’ resilience in the face of continued instability.
With dedicated crew members and a Cessna Grand Caravan EX (aircraft tail number 5Y-DAH) DAC has been working with WFP since March to provide safe air service to more than 20 destinations within Somalia. Many of the locations are inaccessible by road and air links are critical to the humanitarian workers who are focused on relief and rehabilitation efforts in the country.
Chad in Central Africa was recently ranked 116 out of 117 on the global hunger index, due to the increasingly erratic climate, a civil war that lasted from 2005-2010 and an influx refugees fleeing the ongoing conflicts in neighbouring Sudan, Nigeria and Central African Republic. WFP’s operation in Chad is currently focused primarily on improving food security and nutrition in alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Since August, DAC has been providing air service in support of WFP and over 120 other user organizations who depend on UNHAS flights in Chad with a Dash-8 100 (DHC-8-106), aircraft tail number 5Y-GRS.