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AU donates $100,000 towards Somalia drought relief, $863.5m needed

The African Union has donated $100,000 to Somalia in support of the fight against starvation caused by drought affecting the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent

The new Chairperson of the Commission announced the donation during his first visit to the country on Saturday where he called on member states, private sector and the international community to emulate the gesture.

“I had the privilege of being received by the Prime Minister and President of the Federal Republic and I expressed our support and solidarity to Somalia … the African Union will stand with Somalia during this difficult time,” Moussa Faki Mahamat told journalists in Mogadishu.

I expressed our support and solidarity to Somalia … the African Union will stand with Somalia during this difficult time.

Somalia is facing the brunt of the climate change coupled with the Islamist group al-Shabaab insurgency which is battling the UN-backed government for over a decade.

According to the U.N., 6.2 million people in Somalia need humanitarian assistance and protection, including 2.9 million who are at risk of famine and require immediate help.

During the previous famine in 2011, humanitarian response was slow and nearly 260,000 people died before the famine was officially declared in July.

The United Nations has estimated that financial aid of $863.5 million is needed to save lives and livelihoods in Somalia.

Somalia’s President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmajo declared the ongoing drought in the country a national disaster to address the humanitarian emergency in all affected areas.

©Alleastafrica and AfricaNews

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1 comment

rezen Mar 21, 2017 at 4:07 am

Subject: “AU donates $100,000 towards Somalia drought relief, $863.5m needed” Mar 20, 2017

Commentary, 20 Mar 2017
It is a good gesture by the African Union to help one of its fifty-four member States of dire need for help. But, without appearing to be ungrateful, a donation of 0.012% of Somalia’s need (at this point in time) is really a ‘spit on a frying pan’, which will disappear in a nanosecond!

What is urgently needed is for Somalia to clean its House and have ALL Somalis under one umbrella for a single common purpose in Life, with one voice and one Heart. With such noble firm ground, there is little that cannot be conquered. The key is UNITY.

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