Drought: AU calls for 'pledging summit'

2011-08-01 10:24
Cape Town – The African Union has announced it is to hold a summit meeting to pledge help for the victims of Somalia's drought, a report says.

A report by BBC News said the AU conference would bring together heads of state and international donors with an aim "to looking at hard at how they can contribute to alleviating the suffering".

 BBC News said AU deputy chairperson, Erasmus Mwencha could not, however, give a date for the summit.

The announcement comes after considerable criticism in the African media of the failure of the continent’s leaders to help famine victims across the Horn of Africa. 

The United Nations said this month that at least two regions in Somalia are suffering from famine and 11.3 million people in East Africa need aid.
 
- News24
Read more on:    un  |  au  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  east africa hunger  |  africa drought

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