Africa drought: US the biggest donor

2011-08-12 12:19

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.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-08-12 12:33

    In most cases these much needed relief never reach its destination.

      Anton - 2011-08-12 13:07

      Zizo Snr This is just NOT true !!!

      Wes - 2011-08-12 13:10

      Zizo why do you say that... so cynical people are /yoda

      Fred - 2011-08-12 15:23

      He's not totally wrong, in somecases as little as a dollar out of every hundred donated reach the needy, many countries tax donations, others steal whatever is donated, salaries, fancy houses and 4x4 take up a big part of whatever is donated and some just dosappears into thin air, what worries me is that there are some very rich countries in Africa yet we are always dependant on the EU and the US to bail us out of our own messes. One of the solutions to these problems is to stop donating money, if they're hungry donate food, if they've lost their homes donate tents, quansom huts whatever, at first some will be stolen but eventually there will be enough trickling through to really help those in need.

      Anton - 2011-08-12 17:03

      Fred, Sure, you are right. I was referring to actual aid, like food, tents, medicine etc etc, not reaching their destination. There was a massive problem , up to a few years ago, but this transport, to get this aid to their destination is now far better organized and far more secure. Money which is donated, being wasted.....? Yes on a massive scale, where as you say correctly, just about all the money gets spend on so called "running costs" , admin, fancy 4x4's etc. So, it is of utmost importance only to donate to International well known aid organisations. Many of these are very well run and professional, and most of the donated money does reach the ones in need. I am certainly not an expert on aid organisations, but the few names that come to mind, are The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and off course our own SA, Gift of the Givers Maybe some one would like to add to these names.

  • Ingwe - 2011-08-12 12:34

    So the US has given nearly 50% of the total money donated and if you include the UK then they have donated 785 million out of a total of 1.1 billion. So what do you US haters say now.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 13:00

      Ingwe - the haters keep quite bcos they are angry - angry that the USA once again is helping more muslims than any muslim country (including the rich oil sheiks from Saudi Arabia). Once those in famine use this aid they will become strong and become suicide bombers to kill more US soldiers who are trying to help them!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 13:02

      You have to read the koran to understand why muslims are so full of hatred and why they hate the west so much : Koran 9:29 Fight those who do not profess the true faith (Islam) till they pay the jiziya (poll tax) with the hand of humility. Koran 5:51 Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. Allah does not guide the wrong-doers. Official muslim source of koran :

      CPII - 2011-08-12 13:12

      …and the US will bomb the crap out of them if they step out of line.

      Cire - 2011-08-12 13:54

      @CPII: Have you ever considered visiting planet Earth?

      LBS - 2011-08-12 18:32

      That's right Ingwe... give the Yankees their due.

      Christelle - 2011-08-12 21:25

      Is it not so true what you say Ingwe? I wonder what Malema is saying about the capitalist and imperialists now. Or maybe he does not know about the drought and famine in some African countries because he is just too busy overseeing the building of his new house, fixing Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe by freeing them from those bloody agents:-)

  • Bongani - 2011-08-12 12:35

    Where are the african countries their normal preach african solution for africa but when it comes to this their disapear and leave it to us where malema and mugabe

      john - 2011-08-12 13:51

      Exactly. Malema and his followers will tell you "We don't need the evil imperialist West anymore, we have China now." They'll tell you that China are heroes who are coming to help their African brothers escape the yoke of Western hegemony. Well, look at the aid figures from each country. That tells you how much China cares about their "African brothers". The ONLY interest that China has shown in Somalia is wanting to send its military there to crush and exterminate the pirates. But yes, China are the humanitarian good guys, it's evil Americans who are the "military imperialists". Go figure.

  • edalsg - 2011-08-12 12:38

    Where is the ANCYob League or their respected Elders?? Not emptying their own Begging Bowls to help their starving Comrades ???

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-12 14:20

      Stop complaining; the SA Government has pledged R1million to help the Somalis in the drought. That's almost the cost of Blade Nzimande's car, and even more than Julius Malema's Breitling watch cost. See! African solution to African problem. They even gave "King" Mswati R2.4 billion to solve his problem of so many costly wives. Everything must be put into proportion. Who says SA isn't helping other African countries in dire need?

  • fishycraig - 2011-08-12 12:39

    And what does Somalia do in return? Oh yes, pirate ships.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:50

      These are the same kids the world saved in the 1980s famine - today they are strong pirates attacking our supply ships - should we help feed the terrorists of tomorrow? I tink not.

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:04

      SOme Somali's indeed are pirates, but I very much doubt that the women who have walked hundreds of miles to escape the violence of the warlords that spawned piracy do much sailing. Use your brain, please. It's not just there to keep your head inflated.

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-08-12 12:42

    where is kolobe and poloyatonki with their imperialist talks now?? what about the african solution for african problems??

      john - 2011-08-12 13:59

      They're too busy posting in other threads that "Africa doesn't need the evil West anymore because we have China now". That's what Malema tells them so that's what they believe. Well, look at how much China has donated. That is a stark reminder of how much China cares about starving Africans.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-12 12:46

    Hooray for the colonialist! Desmond Tutu, hope you read these comments. White man to the resue...AGAIN!

  • cromagnon - 2011-08-12 12:55

    the 'anti imperialists' will still bite the hand that feeds them.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 13:03

      They already have - last year 10 opthamologists were killed by muslim taliban in Afghanistan - theses skilled doctors with YEARS of training came to help these muslims and were killed. Islam is sick and religion filled with hatred for anything non-muslim. Koran 9:29 Fight those who do not profess the true faith (Islam) till they pay the jiziya (poll tax) with the hand of humility. Koran 5:51 Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. Allah does not guide the wrong-doers. Official muslim source of koran :

      IC1 - 2011-08-12 13:16


  • Anton - 2011-08-12 13:14

    This is just not good news......... for all the racists and haters of anything Western. And than to think, that for the last 2 day AU meeting, held in Equatorial Guinea in July 2011 a especially for this occasion RESORT was build, at a cost of ( the equivalent of ) SIX BILLION RAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-12 13:19

      Psh, and worry about those less fortunate? Those are bloody Imperialist Tendancies they are!

  • willieman - 2011-08-12 13:16

    Call them imperialist ne!!!!!

  • IC1 - 2011-08-12 13:18

    Yet we as SA can give a despot Billionaire King in Swaziland R2.5Billion

  • Henk van Tonder - 2011-08-12 13:18

    Dear Editor Please stop publishing these stories on the plight of starving North Africans with heart-tugging pics of emaciated children!. If these populations can't look after themselves by implementing birth control or move away from the desert in over 40 years of famine, we really not obliged to assist them at all. They are victims of their own stupidity. People who send money of food there are even more stupid because they just prolonging their suffering. Let nature rule. It's called survival of the fittest. We have too many people on this rock.

      world-weary - 2011-08-12 13:50

      @mt van tonder - why dont we take away your water, food, money, home, clothes, cars, family, education (if you have any although unlikely), place you in the middle of a hot no where and see how well YOU survive. We will call it survival of the VAN TONDER!

      slg - 2011-08-13 03:30

      Geez this is heartless, Henk.

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:06

      Henk ou maat. Wat sou jy se as jou ma in dieselfde posisie was? Jou mensheid laat veel te wense.

  • Dade - 2011-08-12 13:21

    @GonnyVonYuri Please stop with that crap, not all Muslims are full of hate like you want everyone to believe, the Muslims you are revering to probably don't even make up 5% of the world's Muslim population, if that much... And no, I'm not a Muslim in case you were wondering...

      Cire - 2011-08-12 13:53

      I hope I'm never on a plane with a member of that ominous 5%!

      Marcell - 2011-08-12 14:02

      Don't be fooled by a friendly muslim. I'll rather have bacon for breakfast.

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-12 14:25

      Dade, it's not crap. There is plenty of hatred against "infidels" i.e. non-muslims in the Quran, and believe me you wouldn't want to live under Sharia law.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:35

      Dade - When muslims are in minority (like most places in SA) they will come across as peaceful and helpful and kind - let them be in majority and they will show you their true colors - non muslims are treated like 3rd class citizens - the koran states that non muslims must be treated this way. non muslims are NOT allowed to openly worship in Saudi Arabia - non muslims are BANNED from enter the cities of mecca and medina there too. At least muslims are allowed to vote in Israel! and even be in parliament!

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:07

      Gonny packs as much hatred as everyone else combined. Disgusting. A blight on all non-Islamic people.... on humanity as a whole.

  • Joe - 2011-08-12 13:26


      Marcell - 2011-08-12 14:03

      Agree 100%. One thing about Americans, they know how to waste money!

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-12 14:27

      Exactly Joe. Another couple of years and it will be another drought or war in the Horn of Africa and they'll be back to the Imperialists with their begging bowls.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:36

      Americans are stupid bcos these same muslims they are helping will come back strong and try to murder more US citizens

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:09

      You people should get together with Gonny. Keep the stench localised.

  • world-weary - 2011-08-12 13:27

    Dear Editor - please edit the article it is VERY MISLEADING it should read that saudia arabia is the biggest muslim donator TO THE UN - not the the famine relief. organisations like the gift of the givers, islamic relief and africa muslim agency have managed to raise millions on their own in donations from MUSLIMS!!!

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-12 14:31

      There's nothing misleading about the headline. Even counting the relief given by muslims to muslims in Somalia, the US is still by far the biggest donor.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:37

      Keep lying to yourself! Saudia Arabia doesnt match US donations. They only help their own kind and that too very little!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:43

      Saudi Arabia is not even on this list :,3746,en_2649_34447_44981579_1_1_1_1,00.html

  • letsee - 2011-08-12 13:30

    The Americans are simply stupid.

      slg - 2011-08-13 03:32

      The US really cares, notwithstanding the violence thrown at them.

  • Cire - 2011-08-12 13:52

    Those vicious Americans! Imagine sending more food aid to starving Africans than anyone else instead living up to the paranoid delusions of out-of-date lefties and other pointy heads! There must be deep dark plot behind all of this no doubt orchestrated by the Freemasons, the International Zionist Conspiracy, the Bush Family and maybe even the lizards in the royal family? I look foward to some really wierdo rants about this scandalous state of affairs.

  • Derek - 2011-08-12 14:01

    Maybe the trolls will stop slagging off the US. They are also the biggest aid donors to SA.Where are the African donors i.e. African solutions for African problems, like those demonstrating against NATO yesterday? Joke!!!

  • mish82 - 2011-08-12 14:27

    @ GonnyVonYuri You place extracts from the Quran to make people read it out of context. Do not let the evil within you get the better of you. "Rest assured that Believers (Muslims), Jews, Christians and Sabians - whoever believes in Allah (God) and the Last Day and performs good deeds - will be rewarded by their Lord; they will have nothing to fear or to regret.[62] 2:[62] IF ANYBODY REALLY WANTS TO KNOW IF THE QURAN IS FULL OF HATE, THEN THEY SHOULD MAKE THE ATTEMPT TO GET A PROPER ENGLISH QURAN AND READ IT IN IT'S ENTIRETY.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:40

      Koran 9:73 Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their Home: an evil fate. Koran 47:4 When you meet the unbelievers in the Jihad strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens.

      Cire - 2011-08-13 09:10

      I agree - read the Quran/Koran (whatever) its full of violent hatred toward non-muslims. Thanks to Gonny for quoting just a few examples.

  • mish82 - 2011-08-12 14:30

    BASED ON THE COMMENTS THAT CONSTANTLY APPEAR IN ISSUES OVER MUSLIMS AND ISRAEL, ITS VERY CLEAR TO SEE WHO ARE THE ONES THAT ARE FULL OF HATRED. "The Jews say: "The fire shall not touch us except for a few days." Ask them: "Have you obtained such a promise from Allah which He would not break ? Or do you assert against Allah what you do not know?"[80] Yea! Those who commit evil and become encircled in sin are the inmates of Hellfire; they shall live there for ever.[81] As for those who believe and do good deeds, they will be the residents of Paradise and live there forever.[82] 2:[80-82] QURAN

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:53

      Jews are not the cause of the worlds problems - they dont emigrate to other countries and abuse their women or deny their women right to education - they dont kidnap westerners and behead them, they dont deny non-jews equals rights - even muslims vote in israel and belong to their parliament. Tell us why non muslims are NOT allowed to worship freely in Saudi arabia and DENIED entry into the cities of mecca and medina? are we dogs?

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-12 14:54

      In a muslim country a women cant dress how she wants- yet muslims leave the misery of their own sharia countries and come to western countries and demand to wear burqa's so they can hide bombs and kill more westerners!

      Cire - 2011-08-13 09:08

      @Mish82: Those dreadful Jews! Its always their fault! I imagine they are also the ones urging the US to send food aid to Muslims in Africa so they can be kept alive as pawns of the Zionist entity!

  • Fred - 2011-08-12 15:13

    Where are the demonstrators now, Wednesday they were claiming that the AU could sort out Africas problems, but when it comes to something as simple as supplying food and shelter the AU are nowhere to be find. The AU and their supporters are a disgrace and should face human rights accusations for their continued incompetence.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-08-12 15:13

    Starve them all to Hell.

  • AlexX - 2011-08-12 15:39

    The Emperialists to the rescue- yet again. African countries in general war amongst themselves then the Emperialistic countries must feed the hungry and medicate them. Is this what our future holds?

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:10

      It's "imperialists" you brainless twit.

  • mish82 - 2011-08-12 16:17

    @Gonny Continue to knowingly twist and generalize about Islam. God is watching and keeping account. The day will come, I assure you, when the Truth will be revealed and those who lie will be put to shame. I dont want to waste my time arguing with you anymore. But i do pray that God shows you His mercy and he guides your heart away from evil and towards the truth. May God's peace be upon you all.

  • hardereen - 2011-08-12 16:21

    Africa made it clear that they wants to and can solve their own problems. Africans do not want Western help, nor do they need it. Leave Africa to it self... That is what Africans want.

  • hardereen - 2011-08-12 16:23

    Africa made it clear that they want to and can solve their own problems. Africans do not want Western help, nor do they need it. Leave Africa to it self... That is what Africans want.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-12 16:27

    @ Anton. People do not hate Americans!! it is there war mongering imperial governments controlled outside by Zionists corrupts brits and others that is hated. (plus all its foreign policy for the last 40 yrs) Aid to Africa is done by aid agencies collecting from the people of each country, not from there cheap skate governments. Per capita I would say America does far less than a small country like Ireland. Also it is widely known a lot of aid agencies are a fronts for the CIA funded for free naively by innocent civilians who still believe NATO is a force for good.. America does not give a toss about Africa. African resources Yes ?

      slg - 2011-08-13 03:35

      ? Unintelligible. The money being talked about here and reported on is from the US government. How far are you willing to go to create a delusion for yourself, and try and convince others of your delusion? How far in denial are you willing to go? Coming from someone who supports the tyrant Gadhafi and the denial of Libyans the right to vote and live free from oppression, this is entirely consistent, albeit delusional and wrong.

      Anton - 2011-08-13 10:36

      tee-tee-tee-tee, Sorry, I know you do your best to protect thiS gaddafi. That is your right, to do so. But to mix US aid up with, Zionist,CIA, NATO, I am sorry, but that just makes no sense whatsoever. If you don't like US foreign policy, sure, no problem, But to say that the US , does not give a toss about Africa, is just such cheap cheap anti American propaganda. I know , it is so hard to swallow for the ones who are anti American BUT YOU CAN'T CHANGE FACTS !!!! The US , through government and private donations, in the last few years, HAS SAVED THE LIVES OFF MILLIONS OF AFRICANS, through Aids prevention and Aids medicine, and the fight against Malaria. And although they hardly get a thank you, THE MONEY KEEPS COMING!!!!! It does not matter of how much one hates the Americans for their policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and even Libya, BUT, maybe it is time, that we in Africa, show them that we DO have some decency in us, and say; "THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR US"

      Cire - 2011-08-16 12:44

      @tee-hee-hee. Now this is a really wierdo rant! You might consider visiting planet earth one of these days!

  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-12 20:37

    Oh those pesky white imperialists from the evil west are at it again. Fools!

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-13 10:56

    If you had the world's reserve currency and were able to print fiat money, a no brainer really.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-13 11:15

    Former National Security Advisor in the Clinton White House and failed nominee to head the CIA, Anthony "Tony" Lake, is now Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. Having a background in Western intelligence is a requirement to run a Big Aid "familia." Every head of any of the major international aid agencies comes vetted by years of loyal service up to and including being a "made man" (or woman in today's equal opportunity offender circles) like Tony Lake. So is USAID, all staffed by Economic Hitmen and women.

      Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-13 11:16

      So is the Peace Corps, all run by intelligence people.

      Anton - 2011-08-13 12:08

      Nom-de-guerre, Go and tell all this crap to the millions and millions of Aids and Malaria sufferers, who depend on American Aid, to keep alive!!!!!!!!!! NO WONDER THERE IS NO APPETITE ANYWHERE IN AFRICA FOR EXTREMISMS. Fortunately for these Africans, you belong to a TINY MINORITY (and getting smaller by the day !!!!!!!)

      Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-13 13:13

      Seeing the west has/is creating the conditions for those outcomes, that is a no brainer...... The African working class is rising up against its oppression, even if many are not yet conscious of their historical position and mission. Solidarity with self-determination for African people and the African revolution around the world.

      Anton - 2011-08-13 13:51

      Nom-de-guerre, "The African working class is rising" Sure it is, and their main concern; To make a better life for their kids, and contrary to what you might believe, they know, this will be achieved by hard work, and not by breaking the place down. Just accept , that you are, and always will be, A TINY TINY MINORITY Africans are sick and tired to be told what to think and what to do. What is sooo difficult for you to accept this ??????????

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-13 13:21

    The government aid to these countries serves only one purpose - to ensure that the interest on the loans (from private banks) gets paid. African countries are poor, and a high risk of default, so the taxpayers in the west are being used to make certain that the private banks get their money. It is just a scheme to move money out of the pockets of taxpayers into the pockets of bankers.

      Anton - 2011-08-13 17:05

      Nom-de-guerre, Just between you and me, Do you think of all this crap yourself ?? Or do you have some cheap serial conspiracy channels, who spew all this rubbish out ???

      Cire - 2011-08-16 12:45

      @nom-de-guerre. Try thinking for a change!

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:12

      Hard for a "no-brainer".

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