Australia to provide humanitarian aid worth $5.5 million to Somalia

Canberra The Australian government plans to provide $5.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia to tackle severe food insecurity caused by conflict and drought.

"Today I announce that the Australian government is providing humanitarian assistance to people in Somalia facing severe food insecurity due to conflict and drought," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement issued Tuesday by her office. "The $17 million in assistance that we provided to Somalia in 2017 helped prevent widespread famine. In 2018, six million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than two million who are displaced � more than 1.3 million are children," the statement said.

The risk of famine persists due to widespread violence, displacement and consecutive seasons of failed rains. "Australia is providing $5.5 million in emergency food, clean water and shelter to vulnerable Somali communities. Our support will be delivered through the United Nations and trusted humanitarian partners," according to the statement.

Australia's humanitarian contribution will help affected communities improve their agricultural practices and financial management so they can be more resilient in the face of protracted drought. "The Australian government remains committed to doing our part to help address global humanitarian needs, particularly those arising from conflict and food insecurity," it added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency