BBC said that; Ethiopia drought: UK pledges £38m in food aid.
The UK has pledged £38m ($61m) in food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia – enough to feed 1.3m people for three months.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the World Food Programme cash would also treat 329,000 malnourished children and mothers.
The African country faces its worst drought for a decade with an estimated 3.2m people in need of emergency aid.
The UN has called for international aid across the Horn of Africa where 10 million people are affected.
Some areas have suffered the worst drought in 60 years and the UN now classifies large areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya as in a crisis or an emergency.
Mr Mitchell warned that other countries across the world must give money if a full-scale disaster was to be avoided.
“Through no fault of its own, the Horn of Africa is experiencing a severe drought caused by the failed rains,” he said.
“Britain is acting quickly and decisively in Ethiopia to stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe. We will provide vital food to help 1.3 million people through the next three months.
“This situation needs an international response and Britain is calling on the international community to provide fast, effective relief.”
Oxfam welcomed the announcement and said the money could not come soon enough.
Humanitarian director Jane Cocking said: “There are already critical and life-threatening food shortages in Ethiopia and across the Horn of Africa region.
“Two successive poor rains have left millions of people struggling to get food as hundreds of thousands of livestock have died and crops have failed.
“Other donors now need to follow suit and increase funding before it is too late.”
UN humanitarian affairs chief, Baroness Amos, urged the world’s nations to channel aid to the Horn of Africa where she said agencies were seeing more and more malnourished children and adults.
“In the drought-affected areas we now have 10 million people who are affected,” she told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend programme.
“In Somalia the numbers have now gone up to 2.5 million people. So we are talking about an extremely serious situation.
“I think as a world community we have recognised that when people are in this kind of desperate emergency situation that you have to be neutral and you have to be impartial in the way that you help people.”
Mr Mitchell urged the Ethiopian government to provide the latest estimates of those affected – particularly in the south – so that aid agencies could target their relief.
“For the response to be effective, we need the most up-to-date, accurate information on the level of need in Ethiopia,” he said.
“The country has made great strides in many areas over the past 30 years and this emergency relief will help to ensure that these gains are not eroded.”
After all stating above, it raises a question in my mind that. Why we Brits never get help as we do abroad as well as local in UK.
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Libya: Nato ‘must widen’ targets, says UK military head
15 May 2011
The head of the British armed forces has said Nato must intensify its military campaign in Libya by easing the restrictions on bombing targets.
General Sir David Richards told the Sunday Telegraph direct attacks should be launched against the infrastructure propping up Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.
He said it was necessary to prevent the Libyan dictator remaining in power.
The UK and other countries have been bombing Libya under a UN resolution authorising force to protect civilians.
The Security Council resolution authorises “all necessary measures” to protect civilians under threat of attack – short of an occupying force.
The views of Gen Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, are said to be supported by other senior Nato officers.
They argue increasing the range of targets from direct threats such as tanks and command sites would be legitimate, but would require the backing of member states.
Col Gaddafi’s removal is not a specified military objective of the action.
But in the interview with the Telegraph, Gen Richards said it would be “within the rules” should he be killed in a strike on a command and control centre.
He said the “vice is closing on Gaddafi but we need to increase the pressure further through more intense military action”.
He said: “The military campaign to date has been a significant success for Nato and our Arab allies. But we need to do more.
“If we do not up the ante now there is a risk that the conflict could result in Gaddafi clinging to power.
“At present, Nato is not attacking infrastructure targets in Libya. But if we want to increase the pressure on Gaddafi’s regime then we need to give serious consideration to increasing the range of targets we can hit.”
Gen Richards added there had been “hardly any civilian casualties as a result of the extreme care Nato has taken in the selection of bombing targets”.
His comments come as a Nato official said it was aware of Libyan state media reports that as many as 11 clerics were killed in its strike on the town of Brega but insisted that a “clearly identified” military command and control site had been targeted.
Meanwhile, Col Gaddafi has taunted Nato troops in an audio message on state TV, saying he was in a place where they “cannot reach” him.
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New York (CNN) – After a stealth U.S. military operation, notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden may be dead but the notion of a fundamental conflict between Islam and the West which he advocated remains a problem, according to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper whether the front line in the global war on terrorism has now shifted to Pakistan, the country where bin Laden was found and killed by the United States, or to Yemen, a growing center of influence for al Qaeda and those inspired by al Qaeda, Blair said the issue wasn’t that simple.
“Sometimes people say, ‘Well, what should we be worried about most? Would it be Afghanistan? Would it be Iraq? Would it be Pakistan? Would it be Yemen? Would it be Somalia?’ The answer to that question is all of those, I’m afraid,” Blair said in an interview set to air Friday on AC360°. “For me this is one struggle,” continued Blair, “It’s got many different aspects to it. One is the security aspect. But the other is the narrative, the ideology that people like bin Laden represent. Because my fear is that the narrative has a far broader support than those engaged in extremism would suggest.”
Blair explained that he believes the number of individuals who turn to violence because of radical Islamic beliefs is “a relatively small number.” But, “those that buy into the narrative that there is this fundamental conflict, that the West is oppressing Islam, I think that stretches far deeper.”
Since leaving office in the U.K. Blair has worked as an envoy in the Middle East peace process.
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