August 9, 2011 / 8:28 AM / 9 years ago

US gives $105 mln more for Horn of Africa relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is giving an additional $105 million in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa, where famine is spreading in Somalia, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

The money, from U.S. President Barack Obama’s Emergency Relief and Migration Assistance Fund, will provide “urgently needed food, health, shelter, water and sanitation assistance to those who desperately need help,” Carney said.

The United States has provided about $565 million in humanitarian aid so far this year, he said.

About 3.6 million people are at risk of starvation in Somalia and 12 million people across the Horn of Africa, including in Ethiopia and Kenya, the United Nations says.

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