23 September, 2022
Emergency Action Alliance welcomes $5m in government funding.
The Emergency Action Alliance (EAA) has welcomed the support of the Australian Government for its Hunger Crisis appeal for Horn of Africa, with the government announcing a $5 million contribution today.
Announced by the Hon. Pat Conroy, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the significant funding will support 15 Australian humanitarian aid charities that have united to launch an appeal for the escalating hunger crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Some 20 million people are on the verge of starvation in the region, and the United Nations has recently warned that famine will take hold in Somalia before the end of the year.
EAA Executive Director Kerren Morris said the alliance was grateful for the support of the Australian Government, which will help aid agencies provide life-saving aid on the ground.
“We welcome the support of the Australian Government through this $5 million contribution to the Horn of Africa hunger crisis, where conflict and skyrocketing food prices are severely affecting people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia,” Ms Morris said.
“The Australian government’s commitment to this crisis highlights how significant it is, and how dire the situation is in these countries.
“The funding will go directly to our trusted members who are on the ground providing urgent life-saving assistance including food, clean water, and health and nutrition services to communities facing extreme drought.”
ADRA Australia is a founding member of EAA, and is responding to the hunger crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan. ADRA is supporting children and their families through school feeding programs and relief efforts extend to livelihood activities to combat the devastating effects of the drought.
The Emergency Action Alliance encourages Australians to support the appeal by donating online at www.emergencyaction.org.au/hunger-crisis.