The White House will announce a funding package of $100 million Monday for relief aid on the devastating famine in Somalia, according to U.S. officials. The announcement comes on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden's wife's visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya, which has recently been inundated by tens of thousands of starving Somalis. U.S. aid official Raj Shah accompanied Jill Biden on the trip, and said hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in the coming months if the region does not receive immediate aid. Efforts to relieve the famine have been hindered by insurgents linked to al Qaeda standing in the way of officials trying to push food through to refugees.
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