U.S. an­nounces money to fight hunger

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The United States on Satur­day an­nounced more than $630 mil­lion in aid for Ye­men, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan and Nigeria, where con­flict has helped cause what the United Na­tions calls the world’s largest hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in more than 70 years.

The an­nounce­ment came as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tended the Group of 20 sum­mit in Ger­many.

While the United States is the world’s largest hu­man­i­tar­ian donor, Trump’s pro­posed deep cuts to for­eign aid — more than 30 per­cent — have caused wide­spread con­cern.

The to­tal U.S. hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to the four coun­tries is now more than $1.8 bil­lion this fis­cal year, the U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment said.

Tens of mil­lions of peo­ple in Ye­men, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan and Nigeria face con­flict-caused hunger. Ye­men has the world’s largest cholera out­break, while half of drought-hit So­ma­lia’s 12 mil­lion peo­ple need aid. South Su­dan’s civil war and Nigeria’s Boko Haram in­sur­gency have con­trib­uted to se­vere hunger.

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