Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on Thursday (July 17th) announced the formation of a Ministerial Emergency Committee and the provision of $500,000 in initial funding in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation across the country.
The committee of seven ministers will both lead emergency co-ordination on behalf of the government and work to develop a Drought and Emergency Response Plan, a statement from the prime minister's office said. It will be chaired by the Minister of Agriculture Abdi Ahmed Hussein.
"We have immediately committed an initial $500,000 that will go towards providing quick concrete actions and offer rapid response to areas severely hit by the prevailing drought," Ahmed said. "Furthermore we will spearhead a fundraising campaign seeking the contribution of Somalis and friends of Somalia around the world to fund and mobilise the necessary resources."