The rap star flew to Dolo, Somalia, on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of women and children have fled there over the last year to flee a devastating famine that killed tens of thousands of people across Somalia.
U.S. rap star 50 Cent visited orphaned schoolchildren in Kenya’s biggest slum Thursday, a day after touring camps in impoverished and war-torn Somalia.
50 Cent said he was moved by seeing the impact of decades of war and hunger when he visited camps in anarchic southern Somalia on Wednesday.
“To meet those kids was so inspiring, they have nothing, yet they are so positive and optimistic.”
“I want to do my part so they get food and an education. I hope more people will join me to help end this devastating situation,” he said.
“What I am seeing is devastating — these women and children have risked everything to come to this Somalia camp, just to get food,” he said. “They need our help.”
The rapper made the visit with the WFP aid agency to see the impact of last year’s crippling drought in the Horn of Africa region, after he donated money from the sales of a drink he owns.
WFP said the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has committed to provide 1 billion meals for the hungry, and is donating to WFP 10 cents from every sale of a new energy drink called Street King that he is promoting.
The U.N. last week declared an end to Somalia’s six-month famine, though it said tens of thousands of people still need food aid to survive. The British government estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people died from the famine’s effects.
Good Stuff. 50 is keeping his promise.