UK Eyes Scaling Up Aid to Somalia

The U.K. is sending an emergency aid package in response to the drought in Somalia and set to triple its overall aid to the African country, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said.

The increase in overall U.K. aid to Somalia is expected to be among the recommendations of the ongoing review of all U.K. aid programs, according to a DfID news release.

The emergency aid package, which Mitchell announced in a recently concluded trip to Somalia, includes food aid for more than 40,000 women and children, safe drinking water for 350,000 people and health care for 268,000 people. It is also expected to help 68,000 people keep livestock alive.

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