It’s not yet too late. The famine in the Horn of Africa and in the Lake Chad region can still be averted. Foreign Minister Gabriel and Development Minister Müller therefore issued an appeal to the international community with the Berlin Humanitarian Call today.
The world seemed surprised when one of the worst famines of past decades broke out in the Horn of Africa in 2011. More than 250,000 people lost their lives. By the time the international community responded, it was already too late for most of the victims.
A disaster waiting to happen
The famine that is emerging this spring has the potential to become far worse. “Nobody can claim they don’t know what awaits the people there,” said Foreign Minister Gabriel. Together with Development Minister Müller, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi and ICRC President Maurer, Gabriel therefore issued an appeal to the international community today with the Berlin Humanitarian Call.
Germany contributing a further 400 million euros
Germany is one of the world’s biggest donors of humanitarian aid. It had already substantially increased its contributions to aid programmes in the past year. The country’s humanitarian assistance to help tackle the crisis is now being increased by a further 400 million euros. “Germany cannot avert this catastrophe alone,” said Gabriel. Sigmar Gabriel and Gerd Müller had invited UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and representatives from a great number of additional aid organisations to the Federal Foreign Office to hold discussions at the conference on the Berlin Humanitarian Call.
A wake-up call for the international community
The Berlin Humanitarian Call is therefore intended as a wake-up call for the international community. With the Berlin Humanitarian Call – Standing Together Against Famine, Foreign Minister Gabriel and Development Minister Müller are appealing to the international community, countries, companies and individuals to support the work of aid organisations. We can and must do more together to prevent an even greater disaster.