Djibouti: Drought - Aug 1999
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Commission on Human Rights
56th session - 28 April 2000 - Afternoon
Remarks of Mary Robinson,
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Secretary General for the World Conference against Racism
at the closing of the 56th session of the Commission on Human Rights
Distinguished members of the Commission,
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND =AD The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding to severe drought-related famine in the Horn of Africa, the eastern part of the African continent, which includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
Approximately 8 million people need food in Ethiopia. This number contributes to the estimated 12.8 million people in need throughout the "Horn of Africa", the region encompassing Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.
These documents contain the most accurate information available at present. Assessments are on-going and updated information will be posted on a regular basis.
The designations employed and the presentation of material in these documents do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
By Crispian Balmer
PARIS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday famine could still be avoided in the Horn of Africa, but admitted the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea was deterring donors from sending aid.
''If those who have the capacity to help do so we might be able to avert a disaster,'' Annan told reporters after meeting U.N.
The international community has a "rare opportunity" to prevent widespread loss of life from drought in the Horn of Africa, a senior United Nations official said today in a report on her recent visit to the region.
CIDA's Contribution to Djibouti
CIDA's Assistance to Djibouti
Since 1995, Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has provided almost $5 million in aid to Djibouti.
Most of the projects in Djibouti are financed by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which provides resources for the implementation of small projects that support the technical, economic, educational, cultural, or social development of local communities. This allows Canadian missions to respond quickly to local requests and development needs.
What has Canada done for this crisis so far?
Canada is sending $16 million of food and emergency supplies to Ethiopia.
How much food is Canada sending?
Canada is sending 24,000 metric tonnes of food.
How many people could that feed? And for how long?
The 24,000 metric tonnes of food could give supplementary food to approximately 1 million people for a period of three months.
How much of Canada's $16 million is going to Ethiopia?
All of it, but the Minister will be making further announcements for other countries in the Horn of Africa in the coming weeks.
Millions Suffering From Hunger in Drought-Affected Horn of Africa Region
Note: New information is underlined.
NAIROBI, 19 April (IRIN) - The following are extracts from a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday given by Catherine Bertini, UN Special Envoy for the Secretary-General, on her return from visits to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Kenya. While denying that the food crisis had reached famine proportions, Bertini urged the international community to respond generously to alleviate the suffering of millions of affected people in the Greater Horn of Africa.
In Saving Lives, Medicine and Water Are As Vital As Food
ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 18 April 2000 - The United Nations Children’s Fund said today that it is "by no means too late" to save the lives of millions of children and women in the Horn of Africa but added that "immediate action is crucial" and that "no time can be lost to red tape or political inaction."
A serious drought has been developing across eastern Africa since early last year, placing millions of people in danger of starvation. The failure of rains has put tremendous strain on the nutrition, health and general welfare of as many as 16 million people in a dozen countries, including millions of children.
UNICEF said today that it is not too late to save the lives of millions of children and women in the Horn of Africa but added that "immediate action is crucial" and that "no time can be lost to red tape or political inaction."
Carolyn McAskie, Emergency Relief Coordinator, a.i., briefed correspondents at Headquarters today on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
FAO GLOBAL INFORMATION AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEM ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
(Circulated only for countries where foodcrops or supply situation conditions give rise to concern)
The Greater Horn of Africa is on the brink of a major humanitarian crisis with nearly 16 million people in the region facing severe food shortages and possibly famine.