Aid must come quicker for drought victims: Oxfam

Over half a million people currently starving to death

Oxfam—a large relief agency based out of London—says that governments and other donors are not addressing the severe drought crisis in the Horn of Africa with expediency. Oxfam says its mission to save 3 million people (over half a million are currently at risk of death from starvation) is impossible without outside aid. The organization is facing a budget shortfall of $55 million. Next week the African Union will host a donor summit in Addis Ababa to raise funds for over 12 million drought victims, and the United Nations has issued an appeal for $1.4 billion in aid. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have fled their homes to find food and water, crowding refugee camps in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

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