Somalia: Canada Gives US$120 Million in Aid for Famine-Hit Countries

Somalia: Canada Gives US$120 Million in Aid for Famine-Hit Countries

Earlier this month, the United Nations appealed for humanitarian aid urgently, saying that this is the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War.

Hussen is expected to announce that the Canadian government will provide $119.3 million to help people affected by food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

The UN has said $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid is needed by July to avert disaster.

Canada's government pledged Can$120 million (US$90 million, 84 million euros) on Friday to help relieve food crises in four countries where 20 million people face starvation and famine.

In particular, the aid is to be targeted at the most vulnerable, generally women and children.

"In Sudan, three million people in are facing food insecurity at crisis levels, particularly in Darfur, and among displaced persons and refugees in the country".

Turkey has been making final arrangements to send medical equipment with cargo planes to Yemen, South Sudan and East Africa, where the number of deaths due to civil war, drought and starvation are increasing day by day.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is speaking in Toronto on Friday at the Keele Street Community Hub.

Making the announcement, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he was "extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa".

"Many have lost their homes as they flee from local conflicts".

"Forced to abandon their farms and livestock, people have lost the means of feeding their families".

"We can not afford to turn a blind eye to requests for help from those countries where the drought-related hunger has reached critical levels." he said, encouraging his followers to make donations and support aid campaigns.

The new aid includes $27 million for Nigeria, $21 million for Somalia, $37 million for South Sudan and $34 million for Yemen.