Ban Ki-moon Calls For Urgent Response to East African Drought

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges countries to support the efforts in responding to the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on donors to urgently support the work of U.N. agencies responding to one of the worst droughts to hit East Africa in decades.

On July 12, Ban convened at the U.N. headquarters in New York an emergency meeting of U.N. agencies working in the crisis-hit region, including the World Food Program, UNICEF, Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affaris.

UNICEF and UNHCR have launched aid appeals to support their work in East Africa while WFP stressed during the meeting its need to fill the gap in its budget for 2011.

>> UN Agencies Issue East Africa Aid Appeal

>> Aid Continues to Pour in for East African Drought Victims

“Our priority is to stop the suffering now,” Ban said after the meeting. “We agreed we must do everything we can to prevent this crisis deepening. The human cost of this crisis is catastrophic.”

Meantime, in Somalia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has started delivering food aid to thousands of people living in camps in the country’s capital city, BBC says. OIC officials also urged other aid agencies to restart their work in the country, especially now that Somali militants have lifted their ban on aid groups entering the African country.

>> East African Drought Attracts Donors’ Attention, Prompts Somali Insurgents to Lift Aid Groups Ban

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