Jill Biden visited Somalia famine refugees in Kenya today. The total aid pledged to the Horn of Africa's humanitarian crisis still falls very short of the $2.5 billion that the UN says is needed.
Matt Damon, listen up: After five years of covering Africa, our departing correspondent tells how his perceptions have changed about a complex continent, including why some Africans resent celebrity visits.
Rep. Christopher Smith wants the US to press for 'corridors of tranquility' to get aid to famine-stricken south Somalia. But that would mean negotiating with Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab.
Rebel fighters trample on a head of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 23.
Many aid organizations pulled out of Somalia after Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab took over much of the country, partly due to concerns that US officials would prosecute them for aiding the enemy.
Ethiopia sees voluntary resettlement of seminomadic peoples into villages as a longterm solution for dealing with the impact of East Africa's droughts.
The first UN plane in two years is scheduled to go into the Somali capital's airport Wednesday carrying food aid. Some 3.7 million people in Somalia alone need help.
Millions of lives are at stake in the drought and famine in East Africa, but aid is hampered by security concerns in Somalia and donors surprised by the severity of the crisis.
Despite the United Nations' insistence, the Sudanese Army is refusing to pull out of Abyei until Ethiopian peacekeeping forces are fully deployed.