Open For Questions: Crisis in the Horn of Africa

War, famine and drought are currently devastating 13 million people in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought the world has seen in 60 years is devastating farmlands, uprooting families and killing tens of thousands in Kenya, Ethiopia, Dijibouti and Somalia. If long-term changes are not made soon, there will be more extremism, more threat and more instability in this part of the world.

To respond to this crisis, U.S. Agency for International Development announced the FWD campaign to raise awareness across America about this worsening situation.

In a special "Open for Questions," USAID Administrator Raj Shah and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council Gayle Smith shared their knowledge, took your questions and explained how Americans can contribute. Aired live on, Office of Public Engagement Director John Carson moderated the conversation and took questions from the audience, as well as Twitter followers who used the hashtag #askFWD.

You can jump to see answers to specific questions posed by the audience and Twitter followers by clicking on the links below.  

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Watch Open for Questions: Crisis in the Horn of Africa here.


Related Topics: Foreign Policy, Poverty