By Victor Ernest with agency report
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised 639 million dollars in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Nigeria is to get 121 million dollars of the funding, according to Rob Jenkins, acting Head, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
More than 191 million dollars would go to Yemen, 199 million dollars to South Sudan and nearly 126 million dollars for Somalia.
Jenkins said conflicts in all the four countries had made it difficult to reach some communities in need of food.
”We’re in a dire situation right now. The situation in southern Ethiopia fortunately does not rise to the dire situation of the other four, but the situation is deteriorating and might very well be catastrophic without additional interventions,” he added.
Jenkins noted that United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was also concerned about the situation in southern Ethiopia, adding that Washington had already provided some 252 million dollars this year to Ethiopia, ”but the needs continue to grow.”
Trump’s pledge came during a working session of the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Executive Director, David Beasley, said on the sidelines of the meeting, according to Reuters.
”We’re facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two,” Beasley said, describing the pledge as providing a ”godsend” to the suffering millions and the global food agency fighting hunger worldwide.
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