Obama urges global response to Africa famine
US President Barack Obama Friday called for an "international response" to the devastating famine in the Horn of Africa after meeting with the leaders of four French-speaking African nations.
Millions are in danger of starvation due to a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa, and Obama regretted that the famine was still not gaining enough attention in the United States.
"We discussed how we can partner together to avert the looming humanitarian crisis in Eastern Africa. I think it hasn't got as much attention here in the United States as it deserves," Obama said.
He added that the famine in East Africa, where nearly half of Somalia's 10 million people are in need of relief assistance, "is going to require an international response and Africa will have to be a partner to make sure that tens of thousands of people don't starve to death."
Obama held talks with four West African leaders Friday, including Ivory Coast's new President Alassane Ouattara.
Benin's President Boni Yayi, President Alpha Conde of Guinea and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger were also at the White House meeting.
© 2011 AFP