African Union Meeting Aims To Raise Funds For Humanitarian Relief In Horn Of Africa

The African Union (A.U.) “held a rare fundraiser in Ethiopia Thursday in a bid to plug a $1.1 billion shortfall in aid for millions facing starvation in the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in decades,” Agence France-Presse reports. The A.U. has pledged $500,000 of an estimated $2.4 billion “required to assist the 12.4 million drought victims,” according to AFP (Vaughan, 8/25).

“African leaders … will be expected to promise over $50 million to the A.U. humanitarian disaster fund based on a pre-existing formula for contributions to the A.U.,” the Guardian writes (Tran, 8/24). On the eve of the meeting, U.N. officials called “on countries, businesses and individuals to give generously to support efforts to tackle the food security crisis … warning that the world cannot ‘afford to lose momentum’ in the fight against famine, disease and starvation,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/24).