Additional Humanitarian Assistance to the Crisis in the Horn of Africa
Press StatementHillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of StateWashington, DCOctober 22, 2012
The United States continues to be concerned by the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Although the famine in Somalia ended earlier this year, more than two million people in that country still urgently need humanitarian aid. And the overall humanitarian situation in the region remains fragile; more than 9 million people in the Horn need assistance.
That’s why today we are announcing an additional $58 million in assistance for people in the Horn of Africa who are still living with the effects of conflict, economic challenges and environmental shocks, such as flooding and drought. The United States is also fighting chronic food insecurity by helping vulnerable communities diversify and adapt their livelihoods, improve smallholder agricultural and other efforts so they can become more resilient.
The United States is proud to be the largest humanitarian donor to the region. Since 2011 we have provided over $1.3 billion in emergency assistance for affected populations in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. We will keep working with our partners and targeting those most in need until every man, woman, and child has the chance to live healthy lives and realize their potential.