U.S. Announces $310m Humanitarian and Food Aid to Central America

The United States Vice President Kamala Harris announced on Monday that the country will send $310 million to Central America to address food insecurity in the region.

“In light of the dire situation and acute suffering faced by millions of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Vice President Harris announced an additional $310 million in US government support for humanitarian relief and to address food insecurity,” a statement from her office said after the meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.

The US also agreed to help Guatemalan law enforcement efforts to tackle criminal organizations whose activities help drive migration.

It will also assist Guatemala to build shelters for returned migrants and help the migrants transition “back to life in their home communities.”

“The United States plans to increase relief to the region, strengthen our cooperation to manage migration in an effective, secure and humane manner,” Harris said.

According to the White House press office, the aid will include $125-M to help “mitigate the impact of recurrent drought, food shortages, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”.

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