Hastings MP leads parliamentary debate on famine

Amber Rudd at parliamentary famine debate
Amber Rudd at parliamentary famine debate

AMBER Rudd MP emphasised the need to work on famine prevention strategies, when she led a debate in the House of Commons.

The debate, which took place last on September 18, was focused on the current food crisis in the horn of Africa.

Amber opened the debate by saying: “One might think that things had improved in the horn of Africa if one only followed the media, but unfortunately they have not.

“The food crisis has, I am afraid, got much worse. Last week, the UN announced that a sixth region of Somalia has entered the famine. There are now 750,000 people at risk.”

The MP for Hastings and Rye praised the generous donations of more than £57 million, by UK residents through the Disasters Emergency Committee.

She added: “We must continue putting our efforts into prevention. We must try to provide sufficient humanitarian support, but above all we must try to make sure that it does not happen again by supporting people so that their own civil society can emerge.”