Gift of the Givers to aid Somalia

Gift of the Givers is preparing to ship containers of food to Somalia as the country faces famine.

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - South African relief organisation the Gift of the Givers says it is preparing to ship containers of food and medical supplies to Somalia, as the country faces famine.

In 2011 the African nation was struck by food shortages.

Around 50,000 children are now facing malnutrition and starvation.

The organisation has urged the public to donate canned foods before the crisis reaches breaking point.

Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman says people are welcome to donate food or cash.

"If any medical companies want to donate medical supplies, we only have space to load three containers. Or if people want to make cash donations they can do so by visiting our website."