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7/10/2017

US donates $ 638 million to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan

US donates $ 638 million to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan
US donates $ 638 million to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan
The United States on Saturday announced more than $ 630 million in aid to Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, where conflicts have contributed to provoking what the United Nations calls the biggest humanitarian crisis in the country. World in more than 70 years.

The announcement came as President Donald Trump attended the summit of the Group of 20 in Germany. "It's really a life-saving gift," said David Beasley, the new US director of the UN World Food Program.

While the United States is the world's largest humanitarian donor, Trump has proposed deep cuts to foreign aid - more than 30 percent - have raised many concerns.

"We welcome President Trump's attention to the global humanitarian crisis, but he announced the aid approved by Congress a few months ago and its administration delayed its delay," said David Beckmann, President of the United Nations. Christian organization Panad, for the world, a statement.

Total US humanitarian aid to the four countries is now over $ 1.8 billion this fiscal year, said the US agency for international development.

Tens of millions of people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria are facing hunger in the midst of conflict. Yemen has the largest cholera epidemic in the world, while half of the 12 million drought victims need help. The civil war in southern Sudan and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria have contributed to severe hunger.

WFP said in a tweet that the new US donation "just comes as families face the year of depleted food stocks." The UN agency announced this year that food aid could be reduced for more than a million starving Nigerians so promised. The funding of the international community has not arrived.

In May, Trump announced $ 329 million in anti-famine relief to the four countries.

While the 2018 Trump Administration's spending plan does not eliminate money for emergency food aid, it ends a critical program by consolidating it into a larger account that covers international assistance In the event of a disaster. This reduces the amount of US money spent on fighting famine to $ 1.5 billion next year from $ 2.6 billion in 2016.

Trump officials say the proposed changes will streamline US aid programs, eliminate duplication and increase efficiency. Relief organizations fear less of the US money means an increase in starvation and hunger-related deaths, especially in Africa, if Congress approves the budget.

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