UN needs $1bn for East Africa

2011-08-20 09:30

New York - Valerie Amos, the UN's emergency aid co-ordinator, on Friday called for another $1bn in donations to aid drought victims in Somalia and the general region of East Africa.

Her call for more donations coincided with World Humanitarian Day.

She said that the world's public had been generous in its aid to Somalia, but it was not enough to reach the number of people who needed help.

Amos said 12 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were suffering under the drought and resulting famine. The situation in Somalia was especially dire. Amos said money, active volunteering or spreading the word about the need would all help.

Unicef director Anthony Lake told journalists in New York that the children in the drought region were especially suffering from hunger.

He warned said the crisis in the Horn of Africa was a "humanitarian disaster" that was on its way to becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe".

He said ten thousand children had already died, and another 300 000 were in danger of dying.

In total, 1.5 million children are affected by the crisis, Lake said.

  • Chris3 - 2011-08-20 09:42

    Yet again the oh-so-evil and much maligned neo colonialist west has to find money to feed Africa because Africans cannot even manage to feed themselves. And then you wonder why no one takes you lot seriously when you chime in on issues such as libya. But at least we propped up our friendly tinpot dictator in Swaziland right?

      JohannV - 2011-08-20 09:47

      Why should the US help them? Why should the rest of the world? And once the problem is over, the world will have to help in Sudan, then Ethiopia, then Ivory Coast, then Zimbabwe, then DRC, it wil never ever end. The African parasites are sucking dry the world economy.

      Francois - 2011-08-20 10:29

      According to Malema the UN is undemining the AFrica agenda and according to Racist Mbeki Africa needs to provide African solutions for African problems. Thus I think Racist Mbeki and Malema must show the way - anyhow they know where the arms deal money is hidden and how much money is in the humanitarian trust of Malema - time to show your leadership and ethics Mbeki and Malema.

      msendi - 2011-08-20 10:45

      Johan, Francois and Chris… Your hearts are full of unnecessary hatred. People are suffering and the good ones want ho help and all you can do is taking this opportunity to display your hatred… Whatever you are saying here won't make any difference, it is just like a fart in the ocean… God will bless those who are ready to help…

      umhlopo - 2011-08-20 10:52

      I will bet that while the children are starving this lot are mating like rabbits

      Chris3 - 2011-08-20 11:11

      @msendi. You lot blame everything wrong in life on whities, we are verbally abused by your leaders every day, told to get out of Africa etc, but the fact of the matter is that you cannot even do something so simple as feed yourselves without us. And not a word of thanks, instead you continue to abuse us at every turn, call us thieves etc. Your behavior is nothing short of disgusting, and you have the nerve to lay all blame at our feet when we are pouring yet again billions into this continent.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-20 11:35

      Have to agree -- it is time that Africa sorts out it's own mess,mostly created by the locals. Tired of the nonsense,give to Africa -- blame the whites

      msendi - 2011-08-20 11:43

      @Chris… I understand how bad you feel about things you've mentioned. Those who want you out of Africa are totally wrong, Personally I don't blame whites for my misfortunes. I have a limited time in this world and I cannot spend it sitting in the corner, blaming whites for what they did while I wasn't even around. I don't understand the billions you claim you are pouring into this continent. I you've really donated those billions God will bless you.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-20 13:34

      @Chris3 - your comment to msendi at 11:11 is absolute SPOT ON! Well said and hopefully the penny will drop.

      msendi - 2011-08-20 15:07

      PinkAndProud… Put aside your whiteness and deal with reality. People are suffering in that part of the world and all people are doing is displaying their whiteness and hatred towards Africans. If you can't help just do so, but respect those who have a heart…

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-20 15:42

      @msendi - my, my, who's the racist now? Listen pal, we're all getting a bit sick and tired of forever throwing money (and food) at the symptom. Don't you think it's time to look at the cause? Apologies for my 'whitness' and logic!!!!

      OZNOB - 2011-08-20 16:15

      mr msendi we are just quoting the rhetoric of our beloved leaders who are inspiring us to be united and move away from western imperialism . once african countries start making valid and concerted efforts to help themselves instead of begging for aid with one hand while deploring western imperialism with the other i am sure alot more help will be given until then start making more valid comments

      Craigr - 2011-08-25 09:59

      ... Do you ever hear the words " And the AU has matched and bettered this donation" Listen (...silence...) Must be that really effective "Quiet Diplomacy" at work again.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-08-20 09:49

    Stop stealing the food and selling it on the black market first.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-20 09:51

    As a truly concerned African citizen, i'm sure Julius Malema can made a sizable contribution out of his pocket - I "Trust" he will.

  • cruise_fly - 2011-08-20 10:25

    Rather tell them to stop breading.

      edalsg - 2011-08-20 10:48

      They have stopped breading --thats why they are starving ! possibly you mean breeding ??

  • Grunt - 2011-08-20 10:26

    Mr Lake’s crisis in the Horn of Africa which he terms a "humanitarian disaster" is the result of United Nations failure to provide guidance and assistance to countries in the Horn so that they can manage their scarce resources and build a sustainable population. Many of us are becoming annoyed with ongoing pleas for food aid (much of which does not get through to the starving but profits corrupt government officials) and his blatant insinuation that WE do not care and that WE are not doing enough. We do care - that the UN has not done enough for many decades.

      Chris3 - 2011-08-20 10:35

      When will the fact that these people must take responsibility for their own plight for once feature in your argument against the UN? How is the UN's fault when people who have no food decide to have kids they then cannot feed? I mean, these are supposed to be adult human beings, why can I not expect them to use reason and logic in their life? Why is anyone obliged to guide them on basic issues such as stopping to breed when you cannot bloody feed even yourself, I cannot fathom what goes through a person's mind to make this sound like a good idea!

      cruise_fly - 2011-08-20 10:37

      Why must the UN do it? Remember Africa got rid of Whites Colonialists so let them do their own management they know better.

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-20 12:45

      Actually the UN has done a very fine job - of persuading the White populations of this world to have fewer and fewer children, reducing our numbers to unreplacable levels and making our nations vulnerable to attack and falsely dependent on immigration for "survival" - read: colonisation. Those Third World nations you read about every day - they have done exactly the opposite - breed. The UN is nothing more than a World Government in waiting - don't trust their anti-White agenda.

  • OldSA - 2011-08-20 10:41

    Rather spend the money on teaching them how to provide for themselves

      umhlopo - 2011-08-20 10:55

      you can teach as much as you want it wont help.the old saying you can lead a horse to water you cant make it drink applies to africa.let nature take its course

  • edalsg - 2011-08-20 10:46

    What a sad Continent !!!!!!1

  • barson7 - 2011-08-20 11:24

    when is the world going to realise that as long as you give hand-outs to africans they will never learn to support themselves. 20 years ago Live Aid/Feed the World gave how many millions of pounds only to line the corrupt poiticians who are charged with helping their own people and where are they today - back to square one with double the population!! If they can think for themselves and breed less then they need to learn the hard way!

  • Anton - 2011-08-20 11:56

    Ahhh only One billion US ........ And, the SA government has donated 10 million Rand !!!!!, so than one still needs; US $ 998 571 429 That's all !!!! Why don't we ask some African Billionaire Heads of State, to chip in, Like Angola's dos Santos and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Mbasogo... Coming to think of it, if every African dictator will chip in only US $ 50 million from their Swiss bank account; PROBLEM SOLVED !!!

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-20 12:53

      This whole situation is a grotesque parody of what charity is about. But on a scale this big, charity has got to be balanced with responsibility - fewer children, more effort at self-help, education for women, etc. We all know that will never happen. Meanwhile the West allows itself to be drained dry by a bunch of people who hate our (White) skins, hate our (Christian) religion and detest our culture. But pack your bags, folks, you're going on a guilt trip.

      OZNOB - 2011-08-20 23:28


  • OZNOB - 2011-08-20 16:21

    i will not hold my breath waiting for the people to change i might die of asphyxiation

  • letsee - 2011-08-20 21:46

    Let the AU, with solutions for every problem, resolve the problem.

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