Horn of Africa relief operations hit by lack of adequate funding

malnourished Ethiopian boy

malnourished Ethiopian boy

United Nations aid agencies have made an urgent appeal for financial support to assist millions of people affected by the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the horn of Africa. 

UN Refugee agency UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme(WFP) say they were running out of funds to assist the estimated 10 million people now facing severe food shortages in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and parts of Uganda.

UNHCR says the humanitarian efforts are at risk of being overwhelmed without rapid and robust international response to the drought and displacement crisis in the region.

Emilia Casella from WFP says the agency's regional budget of 477 million dollar has a shortfall of 190 million dollars. 

"In Somalia more than a third of the country's population is in need of food assistance. So the total number of people that are needing humanitarian assistance in Somalia that we have on our records is about 2.85 million. In Ethiopia, we anticipate providing emergency food assistance up to 3.5 million people. In Kenya, the April to June rains failed in many parts of northern Kenya, and the number of people affected by the drought there is expected to rise to 3.5 million by August. The situation is worsened because of high food and high fuel prices."   

United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) says the 2011 funding appeals for countries in the horn of Africa are less than 50 per cent funded.

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