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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. The San Francisco 49ers won 22-21. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Colin Kaepernick helped secure an airplane to send aid to Somalia


Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick helped secure an airplane to send aid to Somalia. 

Kaepernick posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday morning, asking Turkish Airlines to offer up a plan to deliver food and water to the country, which is currently experiencing a historic famine. 

An article by NPR's  Colin Dwyer notes that a drought has led to "an acute food shortage" for at least 6.2 million people.

My estimation is that half of the country's population has felt the impact of this drought.
Hassan Ali Khaire, Somalia's PM

Somalia's prime minister said at least 110 people died from hunger in one region over just two days.

French social media star Jerome Jarre started the movement on Twitter by calling for a Turkish plane to deliver supplies to Somalia, ESPN reports. It didn't take long for actor Ben Stiller to sign on to help. 

Then, Kaepernick jumped on board. 

Kaepernick posted a thank you video after Turkish Airlines agreed to help.

ESPN reports that the full cargo flight will be able to hold 60 tons of food aid. 

Jarre noted on his GoFundMe page for the project that the airline also agreed to ship food containers on their commercial aircraft until the famine ends. 

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