Aid efforts need to be scaled up, says UN humanitarian chief

Valerie Amos

Efforts need to be scaled up to assist the millions of people suffering in Somalia, according to United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

Ms. Amos has just returned from a three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia.

She warns that medicine and other essential supplies are lacking.

So far donors have provided more than $1.3 billion to the relief effort in the Horn of Africa.

The UN humanitarian chief is asking them to give $1.2 billion more.

"We've demonstrated, I think, how much can be accomplished when aid agencies are given the resources they need and can get to where they need to get to. But we're faced with a still spreading famine in Somalia and with such a scale of suffering that every effort needs to be made and sustained in the months ahead."

An estimated 12.4 million people in the region, including Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia, are in urgent need of food and humanitarian aid after suffering the worst drought in decades.

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