Following talks with Somalia’s caretaker Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Rooble, the United Kingdom announced a further £8 million contribution to the drought-threatened Eastern Africa country.

Nick Dyer, UK’s Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, said the proffered assistance was to combat the worst effects of a raging drough in Somalia which had already caused more than a quarter million of its population leaving homes to seek assistance elsewhere in the country as IDPs.

Nicky Ford, the UK Minister for Africa, pledged an initial £10 million to Somalia in January this year towards the drought mitigation efforts the Somalia government announced.

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