Fighting Famine

Fighting Famine

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Tens of millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of man-made crises in South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen - all of which are driven by violent conflict - and Somalia, where ongoing conflict is compounding the effects of severe and prolonged drought. These crises are forcing people to flee within and beyond their country borders, disrupting agricultural production and livelihoods, and severing families from their social support systems. Ongoing violence - including deliberate attacks on civilians and relief workers - continues to prevent aid from reaching those most in need.

The United States is one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance in all four crises. The assistance we provide includes: emergency food and nutrition assistance, safe drinking water, life-saving medical care, and shelter for those who have been displaced, both internally and as refugees, as well as protection for civilians. The United States is also supporting health, sanitation and hygiene services to help stop the spread of preventable disease - a leading cause of death during food crises.

Our assistance represents the best of America's generosity and goodwill, while improving our national security by strengthening relationships with nations and people around the world. We will continue to work with our international and local partners to provide the life-saving aid needed to avert famine and to support surrounding countries, mitigating the impact of these crises.

Last updated: August 09, 2018

August 9, 2018

From mid-April to late May, fighting between government and opposition elements resulted in more than 230 civilian deaths in Unity State, with the UN reporting that government forces deliberately attacked civilians during the clashes. A recent UN investigation found evidence of extreme violence—including targeted killings and sexual violence—against civilians during the fighting.

August 7, 2018

Insecurity persisted throughout the Lake Chad Basin region in July, with attacks by suspected Boko Haram elements resulting in civilian casualties in northeastern Nigeria’s Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) in Borno State and Chad’s Lac Region, international media report

July 24, 2018

Today the United States announced an additional $170 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, many of whom left their homes because of escalating conflict or natural disaster, and who are facing severe food insecurity as a result. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution for Ethiopia to more than $802 million since October 2016.

July 10, 2018

Health actors are responding to suspected cholera cases in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State, with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) recording nearly 800 suspected cholera cases and three cholera-related deaths in Kukawa Local Government Area (LGA) from February 13–July 1.

July 9, 2018

On June 28, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) distributed emergency food commodities and shelter supplies to vulnerable households in Unity State’s Leer County, marking ICRC’s first delivery of assistance in the county since fighting began in April. ICRC plans to assist a total of 8,000 conflict-affected households in the county in the coming weeks