If you've seen some of the footage from the region, you know what a devastating toll this famine is taking on millions of people, many of them children. But I'm also encouraged because the world is starting to respond. Just days ago, the United States pledged an additional $105 million in Somali aid funding, for a total of $565 million in aid funding for the region. That's something that should make us all very proud.
But there's still a lot of work to be done. While some countries are stepping up to the plate, others have done little or nothing to help stop the starvation. So we're asking leaders all over the world:
Please urgently provide the full funding that the UN has identified as necessary to help people in the Horn of Africa, and please keep your promises to deliver the long term solutions which could prevent crises like this from happening again.
There's still time to save millions of lives. I hope you'll join me by clicking here to automatically add your name to this important petition.