WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that the famine developing in eastern Africa needs an international response and that African nations must help figure out how to keep tens of thousands of people from starving.
Obama met at the White House on Friday with the presidents of four African countries: Guinea, Benin, Niger and Ivory Coast.
Addressing reporters afterward, he said the looming humanitarian crisis hasn’t gotten the attention from the U.S. that it deserves.
A drought and the famine it’s caused in Somalia have affected more than 11 million people, including 2.2 million Somalis who live in a militant-controlled area where aid groups can’t deliver food.
The U.N. and the World Food Program delivered more than 50 tons of ready-to-use food and nutritional supplements to the capital of Mogadishu on Friday.