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Acting fast, giving generously and working together are the essential components for containing the famine, refugee and drought crises in the Horn of Africa. But African countries must also take long-term measures, with the support of the international community, to ensure that drought does not lead to famine again.
These were EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva’s main messages to the International Pledging Conference on Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa, convened by the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa today. Commissioner Georgieva represented the European Union, which has been the largest donor of humanitarian assistance during this emergency.
“I salute the African Union for addressing this crisis. Drought cannot be avoided, but hunger can ¬– this is why it is essential that the immediate measures are combined with long-term support for sustainable livelihoods,” Commissioner Georgieva said.
The AU conference gathered African governments and international donors “to provide an African response to an African problem”. Commissioner Georgieva was a keynote speaker at the event and was due to hold bilateral meetings with Jean Ping, the AU Chairperson; Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; and Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, Prime Minister of Somalia.