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This is a traffic situation and I know that we're talking with the debt crisis -- all of that but this is a real.
Where the rubber meets the road in terms of you know what the US can do to really help -- -- -- of suffering what do you think He was suspended Chris Paul welcome Nancy.
Thank you learn what do you think the US will do and what can they do in the case of the Somalia drought and helping these victims.
You know we we are already aggressively dealing not that we can to meet the people once -- -- reach the people in Somalia this is a drought that description in the entire horn.
So it's Ethiopia it's Kenya and it's Somalia.
And the numbers keep rising at some in that the UN has just revised up to twelve million people who are in need.
But we have been aggressively moving all -- -- assistance that we can into Somalia where ever -- able to get access.
The UN adjusted airlifts -- World Food Program food into Mogadishu's last week and where.
Moving as fast as we can to get assistance and that is urgent and lifesaving.
This usually what -- a bomb what is it that.
Why is it that they want to block the food aid.
Some of these regions is this a political move in terms of this can give us a little bit more recognition or -- some real philosophical reasons why.
They decided that in.
People aren't going to get any kind of of aid and food aid.
You know we were encouraged several weeks ago when there was a statement from house about saying they would allow assistance -- And since then -- we have tried all the ways possible to task that assumption by moving assistants on into the region.
We don't think it's ultimately a monolithic group and there will be opportunities.
To talk with a number of people within that region to enable us to get -- critical food.
Into the region medium primarily.
Our concern is for children under five there the most vulnerable and it's both food and health assistance that they need urgently.
The African Union African unit I believe is centered in the -- about is that right it's that Broward center is and this is part of that area that stricken by this by the -- But they're committed to keeping its forces in Somalia how Long Will they be committed to actually keeping the forces in Somalia.
You know I think that is an ongoing conversation and they are there.
And of course Ethiopia itself is suffering from drought the good news is that in Ethiopia and Kenya because there's -- -- A lot of effort over the last -- Five to ten years on improving.
Community safety nets increased development programs -- early warning systems.
They will manage through this drought.
And the development assistance that the United States government has provided he's making huge difference in the lives of millions of people.
It's unfortunately where we haven't been able to do either the long term development programs or have reliable humanitarian access.
That the suffering is the worst in Somalia.
But where -- moving aggressively to get as much assistance in as possible in lockstep with the international donor community.
We talk about the worst drought in sixty years.
What are we looking.
Is -- a wider area or just more more devastating.
You know we.
About twenty years ago.
The the US government invested in early warning systems that help us very.
Clearly understand these kinds of drought so it's on the basis of rain followed that it's the worst drought in sixty years it's the lowest -- file.
And what that means is that you then have livestock deaths crop failures.
High malnutrition and rising food prices in the markets and how a community is able to cope with those factors determines whether.
Horrible drought turns into the kind of famine that we're now seeing in south Somalia.
What about do they of the government structures and Somalia and Ethiopia are.
Have they been helpful in restructuring.
The kind of of farming that goes on in places like you -- in Somalia and and and Kenya.
Yet that's exactly the right question because that you know what you want to do you can't stop -- -- from happening but you can increase.
Community resilience and you can increase the food security of the community.
And government policies -- part of that this is really the heart of president Obama's feed the future initiative which is doing exactly that working with governments to.
Improve agricultural productivity all the way from seeds to markets.
And that will enable communities as they are in Ethiopia Kenya to withstand the drought -- successfully.
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