Today from Hiiraan Online:
Ads By Google
Congressman, Senator Concerned About Somalia Aid Cuts
Friday April 21, 2017
FILE - Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., is interviewed in St. Paul, Minn.
Two members of Congress are expressing concern over President Donald Trump's plan to slash foreign aid as parts of Somalia and nearby countries move closer to famine.
Speaking in Minneapolis at a forum on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa, U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) said the administration's proposed 31-percent cut in foreign aid would hurt both humanitarian relief efforts and programs to curb terrorism.
“Terrorist groups like al-Shabab have demonstrated a history of capitalizing on this type of crisis and and we can't allow to be that case today," he said.
Ads By Google
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) said the U.S. needs to help drought and famine victims in their own country, before they are forced to flee.
“We have so many people here from Somalia that have relatives and friends, and when you don’t help people in their own country it kind ends up on your shores anyway," she said. "We need to help people help themselves to get through touchy times and make sure their economy is strong.”
Somali Finance Minister Abdirahman Dualle Beileh told VOA the drought situation in the country is getting worse.
“The drought is very serious and much more serious than the one we had in 2011. It’s a grave and it’s a serious one,” said Beileh.
The 2011 drought killed an estimated 260,000 people.
The minister said the international community is responding to the call to help drought-affected populations avert famine.
“I pray to God that famine does not come," he said. "It’s a sad story. I think the assistance that we are getting from around the world is such that famine can be avoided.”
In Somalia, TEDx spreads more than ideas
Kenyan army says it kills 52 Al-shabab fighters in Somalia
In Somalia it’s a race against time for AFRICOM-backed troops
Federal government to test 'name-blind' hiring process
Minnesota Muslim teen wins fight to box wearing a hijab
- Star Tribune
Al-shabaab urges parents to send thier Children to Islamic schools to avoid westren influences
- News Week
Saudi Arabia, Djibouti sign MoUs, agreement
- Arab News
Campaigners fear famine in drought-hit Somalia
- Press TV
General: US not at war in Somalia
- Daily Nation
Al-Shabab militants try food to win hearts and minds in Somalia
Korea joins multilateral anti-piracy exercise in Gulf of Aden
- Korea Herald
Somaliland editor detained after trading himself for colleague's freedom
Post your comments
You need a Frames Capable browser to view this content.
Ads By Google
All Rights Reserved Copyright. © 1999-2017, www.hiiraan.com