Several months after congress approval, the Trump administration finally announced aid of $638 million for countries where conflict has led to the world’s largest humanitarian situation. These include Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan. The announcement came on Saturday, July 8 as USA President Donald Trump attended the Group of 20 summit in Germany
The aid was approved by the US congress several months back to help such countries where conflict has led to the world’s largest humanitarian situation in more than 70 years according to the United Nations.
David Beasley, the new American director of the UN World Food Program said: “This is truly a life-saving gift.”
Although, the US is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, the Donald Trump administration recently proposed deep cuts to foreign aid up to 30% and this has led to a lot of concern.
Rev. David Beckmann, president of the Washington-based Christian organization Bread for the World, said:
“We welcome President Trump’s attention to the global humanitarian situation, but he was announcing aid that Congress approved months ago and that his administration has delayed.”
South Sudan’s civil war and Nigeria’s militants campain have contributed to severe hunger. Mllions of people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria face hunger amid conflict. Yemen has the world’s largest cholera outbreak, while half of drought-hit Somalia’s 12 million people need aid.