May 28, 2022

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Drought-ravaged Horn of Africa in need of funding to avert crisis: envoy


The Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, is severely affected by drought and is in dire need of funding for humanitarian aid, Ms Kate, UK Ambassador to Somalia Foster said.

On Monday she said the UK had actively participated in a round table in Geneva convened to draw attention to the drought situation in the Horn of Africa and in Somalia in particular.

The high-level roundtable in Geneva was co-hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and brought together high-level representatives from the governments of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Participants pledged more funds to help alleviate a crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Ms Foster expected the meeting to provide funds that respond can on the Be needs of more than 15 million people in the Horn of Africa, mentioning that th The humanitarian organizations have asked for $1.5 billion.

Ambulator Foster said representatives have a camp on the outskirts of town Baidoa, 240 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu, to learn first-hand about the aftermath of the devastating drought.

“[On Sunday] we visited some people who were affected by the drought in the outskirts of Baidoa,” said UK Africa Minister Vicky Ford, who attended the meeting virtually.

“We could see a large water dam that was full of water this time last year and is now completely empty .”

Early on Monday, Minister Ford announced a £25million aid package to Somalia to help nearly a million people.

She said the aid package would be “almost provide vital services to a million people across the country , including food and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support. Country is on the brink of widespread famine.”

In Geneva, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said: “Once again, vulnerable p people in the Horn of Africa are falling victim to the cruelty of acute hunger and a possible famine in a crisis that they did not create themselves.

“We must all stand up and show the people of this region that we are here to alleviate their suffering and that in the 21st century there is none There is room for famine.”

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The humanitarian consequences of the historic droughts in the Horn of Africa are dramatic. Between 15 and 16 million people are already affected by the drought and need life-saving assistance.”

More presence on the ground, given the experience gained during the visit to Baidoa and the UK, Ambassador Foster reiterated : “Essentially, the situation is so serious that we have to focus very much on life-saving measures. So for us (UK) it’s about providing emergency nutritional support to the children who are most malnourished.”

She also stressed the importance of taking care of children’s health .

“[There is a need to] treat diarrhea, cholera and measles… When children are so malnourished they most often die of infection and disease rather than starvation.”