U.S. Increases Assistance to the Horn of Africa

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 1, 2011
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Yesterday, Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced an increase in U.S. humanitarian assistance to East Africa. In total, the United States is now providing more than $600 million in aid that is helping more than 4.6 million people suffering from drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

"I am happy to announce over $23 million in additional U.S. funding, including nearly $10 million expressly for Somalia," said Dr. Shah at a community forum hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Speaking to forum attendees, Dr. Shah reaffirmed the United States commitment to addressing today's crisis and working toward long-term solutions in the Horn of Africa.

Other forum participants included U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Tim Walz, Daniel Wordsworth of the American Refugee Committee, and Hashi Shafi of the Somali Action Alliance.

The United States is the largest bilateral donor of emergency assistance to the eastern Horn of Africa. To learn more about U.S. assistance and how to help, visit www.usaid.gov/hornofafrica.

Editor's Note: USAID first released this information as a fact sheet.

Comments

Comments

S
September 5, 2011

S. writes:

The US government creates an agency called "Famine Early Warning System". The main problem of East Africa are drought and flood. In 1992, 350,000 died because of famine. Long term solution should be done in East Africa.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
September 5, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

While it is only proper to lend assistance and try and mitigate the symtoms, the core of this crisis is not from drout but from the long-term instability created by al-shebbab,

Point of fact folks, there would be no famine if Somalia were stabilized to the point where crops were able to have been planted over the years past and a Marshall plan for Somalia instituted after al-shebab had been removed by nations anticipating the current problems created by them.

So what is our response? We're still simply treating the symptoms without the international political will to cure the patient.

To cure the cancer that terrorism represents as a terminal illness inhabiting the body of a nation, surgury must be performed for there is no magic chemo-therapy for a cure, only regime replacement therapy.

Just like the Taliban in Afghanistan, when they were driven out, millions returned home to rebuild their lives and grow crops....there is no other formula for success in Somalia folks or as I've warned folks before on this blog...this problem and the famine will only get worse...and I guess I must now tell folks reading this "I told you so" because;

(BBC news item);

A sixth region of Somalia has been declared a famine area by the UN, which warns the situation will only worsen in the coming months.

The number of people dying in the southern Bay region has now passed the threshold to be defined a famine, the UN says.

It says tens of thousands of people have died after what is said to be East Africa's worst drought for 60 years.

Some 12 million people across the region needs food aid, the UN says.

Of these, four million are in Somalia and unless more aid arrives soon, some 750,000 could die in the country, the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) says.
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Again; there would be no famine without the instability that prevented a population from having had the inherant stability within a society to be able to cope with drout.

Some food assistance may still have been needed, but you wouldn't be having problems accessing populations as you'all have with al-shebab standing in the way of that assistance.

Until the President of the United States makes the decision to go to war on al shebab, no one will follow his lead and this problem won't ever get resolved.

The very fact that we pulled out the way we did back in the 90's makes this political reality a certainty , and to adapt something Colin Powel once said about "you break it, you own it" well consider this;

It was broke and we didn't fix it, and it's still broke so we own the car in the ditch because it's been abandoned on our watch.

I've taken the position previously that the wars we've waged over this past decade were simply a matter of correcting the foreign policy mistakes of the past.

Abandoning Afghanistan after the Soviets were driven out with our help- leading instability there to become home to the terrorists that gave us 9/11.

Not removing Saddam from power in 91 when no one would have questioned why we should have at the time....only to go back about a decade later to get the job done right amidst endless controversy.

Well it falls to this current President to be faced with this crisis in Somalia of a predecessor's making in part, not having got the job done right some 20 years ago or so.

It isn't sufficiant simply to treat the symptoms folks, we must provide the cure.

As hard as that may be, we have an obligation to the Somali people to fulfil.

EJ

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