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