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US Announced $638M aid package to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan

                                                                                       U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

JOHANNESBURG (Globe Afrique) — The Trump administration has announced more than $630 million in aid for Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, nations where where conflict has helped to cause what the United Nations described as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years.

This aid announced on Saturday has brought the U.S. humanitarian assistance to the four countries at more than $1.8 billion this fiscal year.

Although the United States is the world’s largest humanitarian donor followed by Germany and the United Kingdom, President Donald Trump’s proposed deep budget cuts to foreign aid is causing widespread concern.

Sources say tens of millions of people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria face hunger amid conflict.

Yemen has the world’s largest cholera outbreak, while half of drought-hit Somalia’s 12 million people need aid. South Sudan’s civil war and Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency have contributed to severe hunger.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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