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Berlin doubles aid to combat African famine

The Local · 25 Jul 2011, 11:37

Published: 25 Jul 2011 11:37 GMT+02:00

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Development Minister Dirk Niebel made the announcement Monday on ZDF’s Morgenmagazin television show. The extra money comes as the European Union joins together to try to stem an impeding catastrophe threatening millions. So far the EU has pledged €160 million in famine aid.

It also comes in the face of strong criticism by aid groups, who have said the German government, and Germans in general, aren’t doing enough to bring relief to the troubled region, and particularly war-torn Somalia.

The United Nations has said that East Africa needs billions of dollars in aid in order to make any real impact. That number has hardly been approached yet. Relief agencies say this is East Africa’s worst famine in decades caused by drought and conflict.

Last week aid group federation Aktion Deutschland Hilft complained that Africa’s crises get scant attention, while the earthquake in Haiti attracted millions of euros in help after just a few days.

“The catastrophe in east Africa has been building up for a long time but because of a lack of publicity, and therefore missing financial means, the necessary measures could not be carried out sufficiently in the regions concerned,” the group said in a statement.

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Somalia is particularly at threat by the current situation, with desperate people fleeing the rebel controlled south to the capital Mogadishu, where they end up in camps.

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Your comments about this article

15:09 July 25, 2011 by Lachner
Way to go Deutschland! Nonetheless, cancel the €100 Million planned to be sent to fund Lybian rebels and make this donation €130 Million.
17:39 July 25, 2011 by Ludinwolf
the usual question: will that money end up in the hands of????

Africa is still famine today not just because of the people but because of the governm the people put there.
15:15 July 26, 2011 by trevzns
Aid is one of many basic structures of Europeans post-colonialism administrations.

Famine and wars are all conditions that Africans have the ability and resources to end.

Today Africans and African leaders benighted and egocentrism initiate many of the problems and conditions in Africa.

Africans expecting genuine solutions to ending famine and war without conditions from their former European and American colonist, and now China is wishful thinking.

Better conditions for improved quality of life in Africa is possible, only when Africans change their attitudes and unite as a peoples to overcome the Opiate of missionaries and colonist over the past 519 years and counting.
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