AU donates $100,000 towards Somalia drought relief

The Africa Union over the weekend donated $100,000 to the Somalia government, a far cry from the United Nations  estimated financial aid of $863.5 million needed to save lives and livelihoods in Somalia in fight against starvation caused by drought affecting some African countries.

According to africannews, the new Chairperson of the Commission announced the donation during his first visit to the country on Saturday where he called on member states, private sector and the international community to emulate the gesture.

“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.

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.

Meanwhile the Britain’s Department for International Development pledged £100m to Somalia recently, to tackle the acute food insecurity, the African Union over the weekend donated $100,000 to Somalia in support of the fight against starvation caused by drought affecting the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent.

Just last month, the United Nation declared famine in parts of Somalia and warned that South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. With the humanitarian system stretched as never before, hunger has reached unprecedented levels according to aid agencies.

The Aid agencies repeatedly called for urgent action to save over 6 million Somalians to avert a repeat of the famine that killed 260,000 people in Somalia between 2010 and 2012.

Somalia’s President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmajo declared the ongoing drought in the country a national disaster to address the humanitarian emergency in all affected areas.