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UN aid chief makes urgent appeal for Somalia

June 4, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian aid chief is making an urgent appeal for $60 million over the next three months to keep Somalia from “slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis.”

Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that donations from the international community have dropped this year, and the trend is expected to continue in 2015.

Just 19 percent of this year’s appeal for $933 million in humanitarian aid has been funded by the international community.

The east African country has been struggling to rebuild a government after years of civil war and violence by the militant group al-Shabab.

In a sign of some confidence, the United States on Tuesday said it will appoint an ambassador to the country for the first time in more than 20 years.

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