Administrator Samantha Power Travels to East Africa

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A woman sells produce in an open air market. Photo Credit: Bobby Neptune

From July 22 through July 24, Administrator Samantha Power travels to East Africa, a region where an unprecedented drought is pushing millions to the brink of starvation and food insecurity is being further exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

During her trip, Administrator Power will visit communities grappling with the loss of crops and livestock and learn more about the impacts the drought has on water supply, health, and livelihoods. With an estimated seven million children suffering from severe malnutrition in the Horn of Africa, the Administrator will also visit a health facility providing integrated medical care and nutritional support and travel to a USAID supported emergency food distribution site.


Last updated: July 26, 2022

July 25, 2022

On July 24, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia where she met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to discuss the historic drought that has already resulted in acute food insecurity for more than 7 million Somalis. They spoke about strengthening U.S. - Somalia collaboration to prevent widespread famine and increase resilience to future shocks. The two also discussed U.S. support for President Hassan Sheikh’s ambitious reform agenda, focused on promoting national reconciliation, strengthening Somalia’s federal institutions, and addressing the threat from al Shabab. Administrator Power emphasized the importance of strengthening democratic governance and economic reform efforts as the basis for long-term stability.

July 24, 2022

Good afternoon everyone. My name is Larry Andre. I am the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia and it is my honor, my team and I, to host today, our Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development Samantha Power. She is a key adviser of President Biden. She is formerly the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She sits on our National Security Council and has a rich experience in humanitarian issues especially, but also development issues worldwide.

July 24, 2022

I've come to Somalia because the country and its people are facing an unprecedented food crisis that risks becoming a catastrophe. And Somalia has had its share of challenges when it comes to food security in the past, it has experienced many, many droughts, of course through its history. The people are used to these cycles. But what makes this different is really just how long it is extending, having four straight failed rainy seasons really is unprecedented.

July 24, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $476 million in critical humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Somalia as a historically unprecedented drought pushes more than 7 million people to the edge of starvation. 

July 24, 2022

Climate change, COVID, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine have strained global food supplies, and in countries where food scarcity was already an issue, these factors have been proven devastating. The United Nations estimates that 828 million people were affected by hunger in 2021, with children being particularly hard hit. Every 11 seconds, one child dies from acute malnutrition.