The UK has announced additional $8 million to support humanitarian efforts in Somalia.
UK Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer announced the new funding during a visit to Somalia this week.
The funding is in addition to $10 million announced by UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford last month.
“The funding will go towards providing vital assistance, such as cash to buy urgent food supplies and water to vulnerable families across Somalia,” the UK embassy in Mogadishu said in a statement.
In Somalia, the Special Envoy held meetings with Jubaland State President Ahmed Madobe and South West State President, Mohamed Abdiaziz Hassan Laftagareen, two leaders of the worst affected regions to discuss the extent of the worsening drought.
Dyer also held meetings with Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, where they discussed the severity of the humanitarian needs.
Dyer noted that the situation will lead to extreme losses and further instability, unless collective and scaled up action is taken now.