Somalia is to get two-thirds of the amount (£60 million) whiles Ethiopia gets the remaining £30 million. The aid package was announced by the UK’s Development Secretary, Priti Patel who was in Somalia on June 19 after visiting Ethiopia.
The donor package is expected to help more than 2 million people in desperate need of clean water, food, and basic medical supplies in the two countries. Nearly 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as drought continues to ravage the region.
Of course the United Kingdom, we stand tall with the support we’ve been giving to Ethiopia and the work we’ve been doing with the Ethiopian government as well in terms of famine relief.
The conference convened Heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners, along with senior figures from international organisations to discuss mainly security and humanitarian assistance for the country. It was the third edition of the summit after two editions were held in 2012 and 2013.
Somalia is currently suffering from insurgency by the Al-Shabaab group plus piracy on its coast. The security constraints have been worsened by a humanitarian crisis that is threatening the lives of thousands. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo declared famine a national disaster few months back.
The current famine is affecting a larger part of the region and putting more people at risk. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and within Somalia alone, seven hundred thousand people have so far been displaced with many of them mostly seeking refuge in Ethiopia.
Source: African Leadership Magazine