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USAID Assistance to Drought Victims

Rajiv Shah
USAID Administrator
Reuters Soundbite
Dadaab, Kenya
July 20, 2011


Today we're announcing an additional $28 million of food assistance and support specifically for communities coming from drought-affected areas in Somalia.

A big part of why we have a famine in very specific parts of Somalia today is because of al-Shabaab and ineffective governance in Somalia and a lack of humanitarian access in precisely those parts. It's no accident that the specific geographies that have been declared by the international community as an official famine are those where humanitarian actors from all parts of the world say they have simply not been allowed to have access to the population.

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