Monday 18 December 2017

Africa's paltry €56m for famine

Mike Pflanz in Ethiopia

African governments yesterday together pledged just €56m to fight the Horn of Africa famine.

At the continent's first fundraiser for the crisis, the smallest donation -- €1,770 from Lesotho -- was surpassed by the efforts of an 11-year-old Ghanaian schoolboy, who raised €2,850. Most of the Africa Union's 54 member nations gave nothing.

The €56m was promised by 22 countries at the delayed 'pledging conference' held at the union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

Campaigners had hoped Africa's leaders would give at least €70m to help keep 12 million Africans -- in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti -- from starvation.

In the event, only four heads of state -- three of them from drought-affected nations -- turned up for the conference.

Nicanor Sabula, head of the East African Civil Society Forum, said: "I am extremely disappointed... I was expecting all our leaders here, but I have seen almost none.

"We have blown our chance to demonstrate to the international community that the governments of Africa will stand by their people and support them."

This was the first continent-wide fundraising gathering by the African Union. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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