Trump to give Nigeria $121m aid
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised $639m in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Trump’s pledge came during a working session of the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany.
According to Rob Jenkins, Acting Head, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development $121m would go to Nigeria.
“With this new assistance, the United States is providing additional emergency food and nutrition assistance, life-saving medical care, improved sanitation, emergency shelter and protection for those who have been affected by conflict,” USAID said in a statement
Jenkins said conflicts in all the four countries had made it difficult to reach some communities in need of food.
“We’re in a dire situation right now. The situation in southern Ethiopia, fortunately, does not rise to the dire situation of the other four, but the situation is deteriorating and might very well be catastrophic without additional interventions,” he said.
Jenkins said that USAID was also concerned about the situation in southern Ethiopia, adding that Washington had already provided some $252m this year to Ethiopia, “but the needs continue to grow.”
The UN had estimated that more than 30 million people need urgent food assistance in the four countries promised the aid. The new funding brings to over $1.8bn aid promised by the U.S. for the fiscal year 2017.
According World Food Programme, Executive Director, David Beasley U.S. funding was about a third of what the WFP estimated was required this year to deal with urgent food needs in the four countries in crisis as well as in other areas.
The WFP estimates that 109 million people around the world will need food assistance this year, up from 80 million last year, with 10 of the 13 worst-affected zones stemming from wars and “man-made” crises, Beasley said.