Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa

With famine affecting more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, The Children’s Project International (TCPI) praises the United States’ $105 million pledge to alleviate hunger in Somalia. The crisis that has struck Africa comes at a time of economic uncertainty for many Western nations, but the current drought, the worst in 60 years, has created a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation for Somalis. United Nations officials estimate 100,000 rural villagers have flooded Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in search of scarce food and shelter while thousands more in outlying areas have walked upwards of 25 days to reach refugee camps in neighboring Kenya. Facing dwindling resources, humanitarian groups have struggled to confront the enormous challenge of providing relief for this exodus of the hungry. The U.S. commitment will enable aid groups to meet the current need and plan for the escalation of efforts as the winter season approaches. Describing the challenges ahead, Raj Luhar, CEO of The Children’s Project International, said “The world easily recognizes the dramatic scenes of refugees fleeing war, earthquakes or tsunamis, but the silent scourge of famine is more difficult. This week’s pledge from the U.S. is a statement that we recognize the victims of the famine in Africa and we stand by them.”