Africa drought: US the biggest donor

2011-08-12 12:19

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Nairobi - A UN list of countries donating aid money to the Horn of Africa famine shows that the US is by far the biggest donor, having given about $580m in aid this year.

The UN says the world community has given $1.1bn in aid so far, but that $1.3bn more is needed to help the more than 12 million people in need. At least 30 000 people have already died.

Britain is the second-biggest donor at $205m, followed by Japan and Australia. Saudi Arabia is next at $60m. It is the biggest donor from the Muslim world.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday announced another $17m in US funding. She said the drought is a reminder of the need to invest in global agriculture.

- AP
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