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U.S. offers more aid to Horn of Africa

Friday, December 23, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday an additional 113 million U.S. dollars in emergency relief assistance for the Horn of Africa buffeted by famine.

“As we enter the season of giving and renewal, more than 13.3 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance amid the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years,” the president said in a statement.

“The heartbreaking accounts of lives lost and of those struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and the need to reach out to people in need,” he said.

He noted that the additional U.S. funding will support urgently needed food, health, shelter, water and assistance needs, bringing total U.S. aid to the African region to some 870 million dollars to date.

Importantly, and even as we help to meet the emergency needs of the people of this region, we are also investing in their long- term food security,” the president added.

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