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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Horn of Africa: The Continuing Food, Refugee, and Humanitarian Crisis

Date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 10:00am
Location: 
Rayburn HOB B-318

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the House Hunger Caucus for a hearing on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

As a result of the worst drought in 60 years and continued armed conflict between Al Shabaab and regional governments, a humanitarian emergency of massive proportions has unfolded over the past year in the Horn of Africa. More than 13 million people are currently affected, including 250,000 who need immediate food assistance. Somalia has been hardest hit by the conflict and food shortage, which have resulted in 1.5 million internally displaced people and nearly 1 million refugees crowded into camps across the region. In some of these camps, refugees face further violence and insecurity.

Although the drought has eased this year, the conflict, food insecurity, and large refugee flows continue. This is particularly pronounced in southern Somalia, where conditions are among the worst in the world.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C. and Co-Chair, TLHRC and Hunger Caucus
Frank R. Wolf, M.C. and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Jo Ann Emerson, M.C. and Co-Chair, Hunger Caucus

Witness List

Panel I

  • Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Deborah Malac, Director, Office of East African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Margaret McKelvey, Director, Office of Assistance for Africa, U.S. Department of State

Panel II

  • Allan Jury, Director, U.S. Relations Office, United Nations World Food Program

Panel III

  • Mark Yarnell, Advocate, Refugees International

PART ONE - OPENING REMARKS

PART TWO - PANEL I TESTIMONY

PART THREE - PANEL I TESTIMONY CONTINUED

PART FOUR - PANEL I TESTIMONY AND QUESTIONING

PART FIVE - QUESTIONING CONTINUED

PART SIX - PANEL II TESTIMONY

PART SEVEN - PANEL III TESTIMONY

112th Congress