Horn of Africa: The Continuing Food, Refugee, and Humanitarian Crisis
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Allan Jury, Director, U.S. Relations Office, United Nations World Food Program
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