U.N. Says Aid Groups Face $4.3 Billion Shortfall

The hunger crisis in Africa's Horn and conflicts in Libya and the Ivory Coast have contributed to the increased need.

Posted: 07/22/2011 08:41 AM EDT
Filed Under United Nations, Somalia

An emergency relief coordinator, center, listens to mothers of malnourished children on a field trip to the drought-stricken remote Somali region of Eastern Ethiopia. (Photo: AP Photo/ Luc van Kemenade)

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says it faces a $4.3 billion shortfall in helping the 50 million people worldwide in need of emergency food, shelter and other humanitarian aid.


Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s top humanitarian and emergency relief official, says $7.9 billion is needed this year by the U.N. and hundreds of other aid organizations to help those suffering from disasters, drought and violence in 31 nations.


She says only $3.6 billion has been received so far.


Amos said Wednesday the conflicts in Libya and Ivory Coast, the Horn of Africa and Yemen and South Sudan are creating a need for far more money.


She says it is particularly hard to get donors to pay for aid in West Africa, Zimbabwe, Djibouti and Niger.