US Provides $200 Million Aid to Horn of Africa

The US Department of State (DOS) announced more than $200 million in extra humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa region at the High-Level Roundtable for the Horn of Africa Drought in Geneva.

According to the DOS, the contribution is in response to the drought’s humanitarian needs, as well as the needs of refugees, internally displaced people, and individuals affected by conflict in the region.

The United Nations said that three consecutive seasons of below-average rains have resulted in an estimated 7.2 million Ethiopians and half a million Kenyans suffering from catastrophic malnutrition.

Dr. Chimimba David Phiri, UN Food and Agriculture Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa reported that three million sheep have died in southern Ethiopia and Kenya’s arid and semi-arid regions, while in Somalia, up to 30% of household herds have died since mid-2020.

The DOS revealed that since the start of Fiscal Year 2022, the US has supplied more than $361 million in humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa region.

“We welcome the contributions of other donors toward this crisis response and urge others to generously support the immediate humanitarian needs created and exacerbated by this historic drought,” said Ned Price, DOS spokesperson. 

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