News / Africa

Clinton: Famine Aid Must Prevent Future Crises

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Multimedia

The United States has pledged an additional $17 million to nations in the Horn of Africa coping with severe drought.  That includes $12 million for Somalia, where tens of thousands of people have died of starvation and disease.  In a speech here in Washington Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the response to the famine must look beyond the current crisis and that now is the time to focus on ensuring it does not happen again.


More than two million people have fled their homes in Somalia in the wake of the worst drought in decades.

At a camp near Mogadishu, this woman is one of the lucky ones whose family survived the long and difficult walk.

"None of us died.  We are farmers and herders.  We lost all our livestock and the children survived.  Thanks to Allah," she said.

Dead livestock, withered crops and hunger are the story across a broad swath of the Horn of Africa.

This is not the first time this story has played out in the region, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Every few decades the cycle repeats.  And it would be easy to throw up our hands and blame it all on forces beyond our control.  But this cycle is not inevitable," Clinton said.

Clinton said the world has the knowledge, tools and resources to make hunger a memory, if there is the will to do so. "Right now when the effects of food security are the most extreme, we must rededicate ourselves to breaking this cycle," she said.

Speaking at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Clinton said Somalia's neighbors Kenya and Ethiopia are better off today than in previous droughts because they invested in their small-scale farmers and herders.  Ethiopia's social safety net program puts people to work on projects that improve food security.

"More than 7.6 million farmers and herders have been helped by this program, people who are not in need of emergency aid today," she said.

But critics say this program has made many people dependent on food aid.  And Ethiopian political analyst Jawar Mohammed says it has become a political tool as well.

"The government used this network of food aid delivery to force people to become members and supporters of the ruling party," Mohammed said.

But for countries that commit to helping their own farmers and herders improve food security, the United States has pledged $3.5 billion in aid.  Kenya and Ethiopia already are receiving help from this program.  Clinton called on other donor nations to follow through on pledges they made to help boost developing world food security.  Otherwise, she added, the world might soon face another crisis in the Horn of Africa.

You May Like

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

As cease-fire begins, Palestinians celebrate in streets; Israelis remain wary More

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

In treatment of a 12-year-old boy Chinese doctors used a 3-D printer and special software to create an exact replica of vertebra More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implanti
X
August 27, 2014 4:53 PM
A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. VOA News reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

AppleAndroid