NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 50 Cent is teaming up with the World Food Program to see firsthand the effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya.
The hip-hop mogul flew to Dolo, Somalia, on Wednesday (Feb. 8). 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.
WFP said the rapper, born 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.
“I’m in Somalia this week to show the world the devastation that is taking place,” 50 shared via Street King’s Facebook. “Children going hungry everyday, even dying everyday from hunger. I am going to keep sending thru images from out here. I need you to take these photos and re-post to your friends. The world needs to see what is going on.”
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.
Additional Reporting by Erika Ramirez.
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