Germany pledges 5 million euro African drought aid

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Germany pledged on Saturday a further five million euros ($7 million) in emergency aid to the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa.

The foreign and development ministries have set aside the funds to support refugees, women and children in particular, a statement said.

The cash will go to organisations working in the affected region and to the UN World Food Programme.

Scanty or failed rainfall over the past two years has forced thousands of Somalis to flee their country and ruined the livelihoods of millions in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The German foreign ministry has already released 3.6 million euros in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa this year.

The development ministry said it had dedicated 130 million euros to Kenya in a three-year programme to 2013 and this year alloted 102 million euros to Ethiopia for the period covering 2012-2014.

© 2011 AFP

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