United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
May 24, 2023
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Announces Nearly $524 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Horn of Africa
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, announced today nearly $524 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Horn of Africa drought crisis which has been induced by climate change. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield made the announcement at the UN’s “High-level Pledging Event to Support the Humanitarian Response in the Horn of Africa.”
This assistance includes nearly $108 million through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and more than $416 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“When I visited Mogadishu in January, I heard firsthand how the drought impacted the food supply and the increased potential for famine,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield. “While there, I announced over $40 million in additional funding from the United States to Somalia to save lives and meet humanitarian needs. Sadly, the humanitarian needs in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are now greater than ever with, over 23.5 million persons facing acute food insecurity. That’s why the United States is continuing to support the humanitarian response in the Horn with this new funding.”
Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the response to the region to more than $1.4 billion in FY 2023. This additional assistance will provide lifesaving support to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons, and people affected by conflict, drought, and food insecurity in the Horn.
The United States is committed to working with all of our partners and the international community to eradicate hunger and poverty, improve capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and to build more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems around the world.
The United States is the largest single country provider of humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa.