Mil­lions pledged to avert African famine

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

COPEN­HAGEN, Den­mark — A group of coun­tries pledged at least $672 mil­lion at an in­ter­na­tional donor con­fer­ence Fri­day to pre­vent a famine in the African coun­tries around the Lake Chad Basin.

“We have now started an im­por­tant process,” said Nor­we­gian For­eign Min­is­ter Borge Brende, whose coun­try pledged $192 mil­lion over a three-year pe­riod to tackle “a se­ri­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion” in the re­gion en­com­pass­ing Nige­ria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

“We ex­pect more pledges in the fu­ture,” said Brende, who co-hosted the one-day con­fer­ence in Oslo with Germany, Nige­ria and the United Na­tions. “The United States have said they would come back later,” and other coun­tries may chip in too, he added.

His Ger­man coun­ter­part Sig­mar Gabriel said Germany added $127 mil­lion.

The United Na­tions has started an ap­peal for more than $1 bil­lion for Nige­ria and the Lake Chad re­gion, which are en­dur­ing the worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Africa.

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