Afrique en lingue
19 May, 2011
The AU said all member states should join hands with the other international donors to urgently provide the support required to assist the Somali people at their time of need.
“The international community has the duty and obligation to assist the Somali people, who have been experiencing two decades of untold violence and suffering,” Ping said.
Somali’s government forces have claimed victory against Al Shabaab rebels since the launch of its latest military offensive.
International humanitarian agencies and the AU are currently worried by the growing international donor apathy to the crisis in Somalia.
There has been a massive 41% drop in funding for Somalia’s humanitarian emergencies over the last two years, covering 2008 and 2010.
According to a report, compiled by the AU Commission for its Peace and Security Council (PSC), funding for Somalia’s humanitarian emergencies has declined by US$ 178 million in those two years alone.
The crisis in Somalia is expected to top a priority list for the 15-member UN Security Council delegation, due in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25 May after holding a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the members of the PSC.
So adverse is the crisis of funding the humanitarian emergency, that sources close to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Office for Somalia told PANA of the crippling of its entire livelihood programme support projects in Somalia.
The livelihood projects focus on helping Somalia’s cattle-rearing communities to stay alive and sustain their wealth as donors continue to withdraw funding.
Ping said out of the US$ 529 million sought this year, only 25% has been secured.