In support of the fight against starvation caused by drought affecting the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent, the African Union has donated $100,000 to Somalia. The new Chairperson of the Commission announced the donation saying:
“I had the privilege of being received by the Prime Minister and President of the Federal Republic and I expressed our support and solidarity to Somalia … the African Union will stand with Somalia during this difficult time,” Moussa Faki Mahamat told journalists in Mogadishu.
The United Nations has estimated that financial aid of $863.5 million is needed to save lives and livelihoods in Somalia, and has stated that about 6.2 million people in Somalia need humanitarian assistance and protection, including 2.9 million who are at risk of famine and require immediate help. Somalia is facing the brunt of the climate change coupled with the Islamist group al-Shabaab insurgency which is battling the UN-backed government for over a decade.
During the previous famine in 2011, humanitarian response was slow and nearly 260,000 people died before the famine was officially declared in July.