Colin Kaepernick Gets Humanitarian Win for Somalia

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers questions at a news conference after an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. AP / Ben Margot

NFL  quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who spent an entire season in the midst of controversy over his kneeling protest during the national anthem during games, is at least winning in the area of philanthropy and Somalia will benefit.

In an Instagram post, Kaepernick, who recently became a free agent after his last season with the San Francisco 49ers, announced that Turkish Airlines has heard a call he and other celebrities lodged over social media for aid to the impoverished conutry, which is undergoing an extreme humanitarian crisis.

Kaepernick joined actor Ben Stiller — who both appealed to French snapchat star Jerome Jarre in a social media appeal for help to the East African nation. Last month the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia as the result of a drought there. A volunteer in Somalia asked Jarre to put the message out to the world of the extremely dangerous situation.

Kaepernick appealed on Thursday over Instagram for any help for Somalia. “There’s an impending famine because of drought, politics, inaction of (non-government organizations) and lack of media attention.”

Turkish Airlines, the only commercial air carrier that flies to Somalia from the United States heard the calls for aid and sent out a tweet on Friday saying that it would assist in taking assistance to the country.

Kaepernick and Stiller are not mobilizing to get food and materials to Somalia and have launched a GoFundMe page called Love Army for Somalia to raise funds, and has set a $1 million goal.

“This is a victory for the people of Somalia,” he said. “It was done out of love, out of respect for these people.”



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