A UN conference has opened in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, aimed at exploring ways to deal with the drought and famine ravaging the Horn of Africa.
Delegates from Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti gathered for the first day of the meeting, which appeared to be poorly attended.
Kenya’s Foreign Minister accused Western powers of not doing enough to help. “We are continuously reminding the rest of the world that if NATO can engineer an attack on Libya and spend billions of dollars to drive out Gaddafi, they can spend a little of that to save the dying people in the Horn of Africa,” said Moses Wetangula.
“If America can spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, surely they can spend a little fraction of that to build dams in these dry lands of the Horn of Africa, to help normalise Somalia, to help produce food and settle communities,” he added.
The combination of drought, famine and civil war has brought an influx of Somali refugees into Kenya’s Dadaab complex, making it the largest refugee camp in the world with a population of more than 400,000.