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Sudan one of top 30 donors to famine in the Horn of Africa

July 27, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has donated close to $2 million in 2011 to provide humanitarian aid to countries in the Horn of Africa going through a severe food crisis, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

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An internally displaced woman holds her malnourished son at a camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, July 27, 2011 (Reuters)

The UN body said that so far $1.1 billion has been given by the international community leaving a funding gap of around $1 billion needed to continue feeding the impacted population in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

A wide swath of east Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, has been hit by years of severe drought and the UN says two regions of southern Somalia are suffering the worst famine for 20 years, with 3.7 million people facing starvation.

Sudan ranked 21 on the list released by OCHA of the top 30 nations giving money for victims of the drought and famine in the region.

With $1,788,000 in donations, Sudan was ahead of more richer countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and Luxembourg.

Sudan, along with Ethiopia, has witnessed famine of similar magnitude in the mid-80’s which led to the death if an estimated 1 million people spurring international mobilization.