U.S. Response to Declaration of Famine in Somalia and Drought in the Horn of Africa

More: Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following press statement in response to the declaration of famine in Somalia and drought in the Horn of Africa:

"The United States is deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa and today's announcement by the United Nations that a famine is underway in parts of Somalia. The United States is the largest bilateral donor of emergency assistance to the eastern Horn of Africa. We have already responded with over $431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance this year alone.

"But it is not enough -- the need is only expected to increase and more must be done by the United States and the international community. That is why today the United States government is providing an additional $28 million in aid for people in Somalia and for Somali refugees in Kenya.

"The eastern Horn of Africa is prone to chronic food insecurity which has been exacerbated by a two-year drought. Crops have dried up, livestock have died, and food prices have been skyrocketing. In Somalia, twenty years without a central government and the relentless terrorism by al-Shabaab against its own people has turned an already severe situation into a dire one that is only expected to get worse. Even so, we remain cautiously optimistic that al-Shabaab will permit unimpeded international assistance in famine struck areas.

"The United States -- in close coordination with the international community -- is working to assist more than 11 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, who are in dire need of assistance. To anticipate growing needs, the United States government has worked with our partners over the last year to pre-position food in the region, increase funding for early warning systems, and strengthen non-food assistance in the feeding, health, water and sanitation sectors. In addition to emergency assistance, this administration's Feed the Future program is working to break the cycle of hunger once and for all by addressing the root causes of hunger and food insecurity through innovative agricultural advances.

"But the United States cannot solve the crisis in the Horn alone. All donors in the international community must commit to taking additional steps to tackle both immediate assistance needs and strengthen capacity in the region to respond to future crises."



Missouri, USA
July 25, 2011

Karen in Missouri writes:

What does our government NOT understand..we are borrowing money to pay our debts. We don't have anything to give at this time.

Not only that..I've read about this neverending shortage of food, etc. A woman showing up with 5 small children and an infant..If she can't feed and care for them properly..what is she doing having more. Maybe training doctors to do tubal ligations would be a better choice to send..

They've been starving in Africa all of my life..some 60+ years. There is not enough wealth on this planet to take care of people who will not help themselves.

Keeping millions half alive is not a solution..it just compounds the problem.

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