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US Pledges More Aid To Horn of Africa

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will give $58 million in aid to countries in the Horn of Africa. In a statement Monday, Clinton said the humanitarian situation in the region is fragile, with more than 9 million people in need of assistance because of conflict, flooding, drought and economic problems. […]

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US Gives $120 Million More to Drought-Stricken Horn of Africa

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is providing an additional $120 million in aid to the Horn of Africa, where a lack of rain is again threatening food supplies. This is the second time this month the United States has announced major humanitarian aid to the Horn, following a $50-million contribution April 5. The White House says the […]

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US Gives New Aid to Horn After Poor Rains Predicted

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is directing new humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa, two days after a prediction of below-average rainfall in the region. The U.S. government said Thursday it will provide almost $50 million in additional aid to refugees and drought-affected communities in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The three countries are still recovering from […]

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UN: Record Number Cross from Horn to Yemen in 2011

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says a record number of people — 103,000 — crossed from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year, fleeing violence, poverty, and the regional drought. The number of crossings nearly doubled from 2010, and is 25,000 higher than any other year in the agency’s records. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said […]

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Hong Kong Customs Seizes Record Amount of Rhino Horns, Ivory

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong customs officials say they have confiscated a record amount of rhino horns and ivory products hidden in a container shipped from South Africa. Officials say the shipment, valued at $2 million, included 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets. It arrived in Hong Kong’s port from Cape Town on Monday. […]

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UN: Conditions Improving in Horn of Africa

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says drought and famine conditions are easing across the Horn of Africa, though it warns the regional crisis is not over. The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says ongoing rains have improved water supplies in most parts of the Horn, and notes that natural vegetation has “vastly” increased across the drought-stricken parts of […]

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UN: Fighting on Somalia-Kenya Border Restricting Famine Relief

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says recent military activity along the Kenya-Somalia border is restricting famine relief efforts and preventing Somalis from fleeing to refugee camps in Kenya. The U.N. Refugee Agency said Wednesday that only 100 Somali refugees entered Kenya last week, down from 3,400 in the previous week. Last week, Kenya sent troops across the […]

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US Pledges $100 Million for Drought-Stricken Horn of Africa

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has pledged another $100 million to help people in drought-affected areas of East Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the aid will be primarily in the form of food assistance to those in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region is struggling with a severe drought that has left nearly 13 […]

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Red Cross Races to Reach 1 Million Starving Somalis

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it hopes to deliver aid to one-million starving Somalis in the hardest-hit famine regions by the end of the year. Spokeswoman Nicole Engelbrecht told VOA on Wednesday that people in southern and central Somalia desperately need food, water, health care and other emergency aid just to stay […]

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UN: Nearly Half of Somali Famine Victims Have Received Food Aid

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says emergency food aid has reached about 1.85 million Somalis, nearly half of the people in need in the drought-stricken African nation. However, the report released Tuesday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that four million Somalis remain in crisis nationwide, and that 750,000 people risk death […]

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