FILE – Young boys pull containers of water as they return to their huts from a well in the village of Ntabasi village amid a drought in Samburu East, Kenya, on Oct, 14, 2022. Humanitarian agencies are calling for the full funding of the U.N. Horn of Africa $7 billion appeal during a pledging conference scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2023, citing a growing crisis and need for urgent lifesaving intervention. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)

A UN donor conference to help fund aid operations for drought stricken Horn of Africa raised about $1 billion – far below the $7 billion the world body was seeking. The UN humanitarian body said in a statement that “famine has been averted” thanks to the funds. It added that additional resources were urgently required to assist nearly 32 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia who are facing acute food insecurity and the most severe drought in four decades.

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