US Seeks to Cut Foreign Aid As Horn of Africa Starves

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Four million people are starving in Somalia, as the Horn of Africa continues to be ravaged by a combination of low rainfall, political instability, and high food prices. Roughly 750,000 of them are expected to perish if they do not get help soon. All together, there are  13 million people suffering from hunger in the Horn of Africa. The UN says it needs an additional $700 million to get food to them. This news comes as lawmakers in the U.S. are discussing slashing foreign aid from the State Department's budget.

Sam Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations working internationally, talks about the challenges facing aid groups.

Guests:

Sam Worthington

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

What constitutes a record amount of aid? It has been mentioned that an overabundance of rice from USAID has affected some African nations' domestic production of rice. The fact that we were giving away so much prevented African farmers from making agriculture a productive endeavour and putting them out of business. Flooding a foreign market with low-cost (free) products is a good way to keep them poor.

Oct. 17 2011 10:19 AM
listener

It goes unmentioned that President Bush gave a record amount of aid to Africa while it decreases according to need under Obama which further discredits fatuous media narratives and conceits which may be why it goes unmentioned.

Oct. 05 2011 08:32 AM

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