50 Cent visits hunger victims in Somalia and Kenya

Rap Artist Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson poses at Fox Television's "The X Factor" Season Finale at CBS Televison City on Dec. 22, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Rap Artist Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson poses at Fox Television's "The X Factor" Season Finale on Dec. 22, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS/AP) Rapper 50 Cent is teaming up with the World Food Program and traveling to Somalia and Kenya to see firsthand the effects of hunger in the countries.

The rap star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, headed to Dolo, Somalia, on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of women and children have fled the region over the last year due to a devastating famine that killed tens of thousands of people across Somalia.

WFP said 50 Cent has committed to provide 1 billion meals for the hungry, and is donating to 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.