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    Meetings in Ottawa between a Somali aid representative and government representatives

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    Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, special envoy for the drought in Somalia, met with leaders of the Somali diaspora and the Canadian government this week in order to secure more funding for the approaching famine.

    Warsame met with Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of International Development, on Tuesday to urge decision-makers to allocate more funding to Somalia.

    In 2022, Canada provided $84.45 million to the area. When Global Affairs Canada announced $73 million in funding in April to address the drought in the Horn of Africa, that was its most significant contribution.

    Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, special envoy for the drought in Somalia, met with leaders of the Somali diaspora and the Canadian government this week in order to secure more funding for the approaching famine.

    Warsame met with Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of International Development, on Tuesday to urge decision-makers to allocate more funding to Somalia.

    In 2022, Canada provided $84.45 million to the area. When Global Affairs Canada announced $73 million in funding in April to address the drought in the Horn of Africa, that was its most significant contribution.

    In order to discuss an upcoming fundraising campaign, he also met with local community leaders.

    David Beasley, the director of the UN’s World Food Program, pleaded with Canada and other world leaders to keep aiding Somalia and warned that the country’s food insecurity might get worse as a result of Russian sanctions.

    During a visit to Ottawa on Tuesday, he said, “Right now in our operations, we’re having to take food from hungry children to give to starving children because of a lack of funding.”

    Beasley met with Harjit Sajjan while in Ottawa this week to persuade Canadian officials to increase their 2022 pledge of US$360 million.

     

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