Donors Pledge More Aid for East African Crisis Response

Members of Oxfam prepare to distribute aid for Somali refugees who have arrived in Dabaab, Kenya. Photo by: Andy Hall / Oxfam / CC BY-NC-ND

Donors continue to pledge humanitarian aid for drought victims in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia as aid agencies begin providing food aid, water and health care to some of the most affected populations.

Meantime, the Food and Agriculture Organization is set to hold a meeting about the crisis on July 25 at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, Agence France-Presse reports.

New aid pledges in response to the East African drought include:

  • $10 million worth of emergency relief aid from Kuwait. The assistance will be distributed by a Kuwaiti national charity fund in cooperation with the Kuwait Red Crescent Society and the country’s foreign ministry.

  • 4.5 million Swiss francs ($5.14 million) from Switzerland, to be used for the distribution of emergency relief items. The money will be channeled through the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Program and non-governmental organizations.

  • 500,000 million pounds ($804,000) from Scotland. The funding is available to Scotland-based organizations engaged in relief efforts in East African countries and in South Sudan.

These new pledges come as the Ethiopian government appeals for more than $398 million in humanitarian aid to support its national relief efforts for drought victims. Of the sum, $292.43 million is needed to address the food shortage in the country, $37 million is for feeding programs benefitting children and pregnant and lactating women, and $68 million is for nonfood aid such as water and agriculture-focused projects, Ezega.com reports, citing a statement from Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture Mitku Kasaa.

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