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Twenty Million People Face Famine in Africa as US Proposes Foreign Aid Cuts

Three African countries are on the cusp of famine just as President Trump proposed foreign aid cuts. Twenty million people are facing a massive hunger crisis in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.  Somalia has declared a state of emergency due to drought and according to the UN, 2.9 million people are facing a food crisis that can turn to famine. In northern Nigeria, areas that have been affected by violence perpetrated by Boko Haram have seen severe malnutrition.

The proposed foreign aid cuts may pull the US from its historic role as the world’s top emergency donor. The US government gave more than $2 billion to the UN’s World Food Program in 2016. According to the UN, at least $4.4 billion was needed by the end of March to prevent a ‘catastrophe’. So far only 10% of the funds have been received so far.

Source: All Africa, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune

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The Martin, a World Food Programme ship unloads pallets of high energy biscuits at the Freeport of Monrovia on Bushrod Island in Liberia on August 15, 2003 as U.S. Marines from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) secure the area during the Second Liberian Civil War.
By: 26th MEU(SOC) PAO (US Marines)

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