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    African Union Promises Drought Aid

    Somalis from southern Somalia receive food at a camp in Mogadishu distributed by the Jumbo organization, a local NGO, in Mogadishu, Somalia, after fleeing from southern Somalia, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, due to lack of water and food. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP

    The African Union pledged $356 million Thursday for victims of the devastating drought that has crippled the Horn of Africa. The African Development Bank promised $350 million, while the rest came from private donors. The fundraising conference was the first of its kind for the pan-African body, which so far has donated only $500,000 for the drought, which has affected an estimated 12 million people. The United Nations declared a state of famine in five Somali regions, and the drought has also affected millions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Uganda.

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