UN Geneva Conference pledges Ksh.115.7 billion to address Horn of Africa drought

A donor conference organized in Geneva has raised 1.39 billion U.S. dollars for the Horn of Africa, where an ongoing drought threatens millions of people with severe food insecurity, the UN announced Tuesday.

The money raised will go towards humanitarian and development projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, as the region experiences its “worst drought in 40 years,” a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

“The situation is particularly stark in six areas of Somalia, where famine is likely if rains fail this season, if food prices continue to rise and if humanitarian assistance is not scaled up to reach the most vulnerable populations,” the statement added.

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its fourth consecutive poor rainy season, the UN statement said, noting that “one million people have left their homes due to a lack of water or pasture, and at least three million livestock have died.”

The UN said Tuesday that more than six million people in Somalia are “acutely food insecure,” as well as 3.5 million in Kenya and 6.5 million in Ethiopia.

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