US donated $700 million for war on hunger as drought ravages Somalia
The US government has announced it donated a $700 million relief package to Somalia to help the country fight the ongoing drought.
The funds, donated through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will go towards the provision of food, clean water, farm input and healthcare services to affected families.
In a statement, the US embassy in Mogadishu said it has rapidly scaled up relief efforts to provide emergency assistance.
Washington in the post said the American people will stand with Somalia in responding to the drought crisis harming nearly half of Somalia’s population.
The funds will be used to provide relief assistance packages to families in the arid and the semi-arid areas and to cushion farmers from losses.
Acute food insecurity in Somalia has dramatically worsened since the beginning of 2022, with an estimated 4.8 million people already experiencing severe hunger.
According to displacement figures released by Non-Governmental organisations, more than 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia because of the severe drought this year, bringing the total figure to 1 million people since January 2021.
The Somali government has largely blamed the current hunger crisis on the lack of four consecutive rainfall and the ongoing war in Ukraine.