The U.S. government has announced nearly 257 million dollars additional humanitarian assistance for Somalia and to help Somali refugees in neighboring countries.
Diana Putman, USAID deputy assistant administrator Diana Putman said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening that the funds will address life-threatening hunger and acute malnutrition and provide safe water, emergency health care, education, and protection to people affected by ongoing conflict and recurrent drought inside Somalia, and to Somali refugees in neighboring countries.
“This additional financial commitment is representative of our resolve to support the Somali people in their time of need, and we encourage other partners to join us in stepping up their own commitments so that we can collectively close the humanitarian Response Plan’s financing gap,” said Putman.
She said Washington remains concerned about the ongoing crisis in Somalia and the lack of sufficient humanitarian funds to address it.
According to Putman, large-scale assistance is urgent to prevent conditions in Somalia from worsening and encouraged other donors to increase their contributions to address Somalia’s critical humanitarian needs, and to help the most-vulnerable Somalis build resilience to withstand future shocks.
The UN estimates that an additional 500 million dollars in humanitarian funding is needed in Somalia through December.
The Horn of African nation recently experienced its worst harvest in 25 years, and up to 2.1 million people face life-threatening hunger by December, according to the latest UN estimates.
Some 2.6 million people, or one in five Somalis, are internally displaced, while more than 730,000 are seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Enditem