A call for increased financial aid to end the famine in the Horn of Africa

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Earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current food security issues in eastern Africa.

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) shows the severity of eastern Africa’s food crisis (Image Credit: USAID)

“What is happening in the Horn of Africa is the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today,” Secretary Clinton said. Over 12 million residents of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti are currently at risk of starvation. Compounding problems in Somalia, the only part of the continent in which famine has been declared, is the absence of central governance and the presence of a regional paramilitary organization hostile to Western organizations in the country.

Secretary Clinton is confident that increased financial assistance, in-country aid work, and policy tools can all be used effectively to end the short-term crisis and establish long-term governmental and agricultural self-sufficiency.

Click here to watch Secretary Clinton’s remarks.

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