USAID Administrator Addresses Famine, Drought in Horn of Africa
Learn more at at: www.usaid.gov On July 20, 2011, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah held a press briefing in Kenya following his visit to Daadab refugee camp and Wajir. Across the eastern Horn of Africa, more than 11 million people—a number greater than the populations of Houston and New York City combined—are now in need of emergency assistance to survive. As a result of the region's worst drought in 60 years, crops have failed, livestock have died, and prices in local markets are too high for most people to buy what is needed to feed their families. Millions of people are affected in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and especially in Somalia. On July 20, 2011 the United Nations announced that famine exists in two regions of Somalia. As the situation has grown more dire, over 600000 Somalis have fled to neighboring countries, , some walking hundreds of miles to refugee camps in search of food and water. Nearly half of the children arriving at the camps are acutely malnourished; all are in need of emergency assistance and support for the extremely difficult weeks and months ahead. The United States is one of the largest donors of emergency assistance to the region, helping more than 4.6 million of those in need and providing over $459 million this year alone, including an additional $28 million announced by Secretary Clinton following the declaration of famine.
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