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Published:April 17th, 2006 07:05 EST
U.S. Agency To Provide Djibouti $1.1 Million

U.S. Agency To Provide Djibouti $1.1 Million

By SOP newswire

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $1.1 million to the World Food Program for its drought emergency operations in Djibouti, USAID announced in a press release April 12.

According to the press release, this assistance will provide over 2,000 metric tons in food commodities to the country.  Since October 2005, USAID has contributed $800,000 in emergency humanitarian food assistance to Djibouti.

USAID called on donor governments to act quickly "to help alleviate the current suffering and to help prevent human catastrophe in the Horn of Africa."  The drought in the region is particularly serious for about 7 million farmers and herders in northeastern Kenya, southern Somalia, southern Ethiopia and parts of Djibouti, according to the agency.  People in these areas urgently need both food assistance and non-food assistance such as medicines, immunizations, water-well rehabilitation and emergency livestock interventions.

For more information on U.S. foreign policy, see U.S. Aid to Africa and Humanitarian Assistance and Refugees.

Additional information on USAID programs in Djibouti is available on the USAID Web site.

Source: DoS