U. S . President Donald Trump on Saturday promised $639m in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria , Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen .
Of the funding , $121m would go to Nigeria , according to Rob Jenkins, Acting Head , Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U. S . Agency for International Development.
Similarly , more than $191m would go to Yemen, $199m to South Sudan and nearly $126m for Somalia.
“ With this new assistance , the United States is providing additional emergency food and nutrition assistance , life- saving medical care , improved sanitation , emergency shelter and protection for those who have been affected by conflict , ” USAID said in a statement
Jenkins said conflicts in all the four countries had made it difficult to reach some communities in need of food.
“ We ’ re in a dire situation right now . The situation in southern Ethiopia, fortunately , does not rise to the dire situation of the other four, but the situation is deteriorating and might very well be catastrophic without additional interventions , ” he said .
Jenkins said that USAID was also concerned about the situation in southern Ethiopia, adding that Washington had already provided some $252m this year to Ethiopia, “ but the needs continue to grow. ”
Trump’ s pledge came during a working session of the G 20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg , Germany , the UN World Food Programme , Executive Director, David Beasley, said on the sidelines of the meeting, according to Reuters.