The United States, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), is reportedly providing nearly 105 million dollars in critical humanitarian aid to bring immediate relief to the most vulnerable people, in response to the historic drought threatening millions of lives in the Horn of Africa.
The region is in the midst of a fourth consecutive failed rainy season with worsening drought conditions increasing the likelihood of famine for thousands of people in the Horn of Africa. A fifth rainy season is forecast to be drier than average, further devastating livelihoods for families who depend on crops and livestock for food to survive. As a result, more than 16 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance. The number is expected to rise to unprecedented levels, with up to 20 million people in need of urgent assistance by September.
This additional funding will enable USAID partners to provide lifesaving food assistance, support for health and nutrition services, and access to clean water. The funding also supports protection activities, such as safe spaces and case management for women and girls displaced by drought.