Clinton Announces Increase In U.S. Aid To Horn Of Africa By $100M

Speaking at a World Food Programme (WFP) awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. “is increasing food aid to drought-hit and strife-torn Horn of Africa nations where millions of people are at risk of starvation and malnutrition,” Reuters reports (Allen, 10/24).

“I am pleased to announce that we are providing an additional $100 million, primarily in food assistance, for drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. And this new funding will help us reach more people and support our humanitarian commitment well into 2012,” Clinton said, according to a State Department press release. The funds are in addition to nearly $650 million already committed to the region for food and humanitarian assistance, the press release notes (10/24).