U.S. Set to Announce $100 Million in Somalia Famine Funding

By JASON STRAZIUSO | August 8, 2011 | 10:50 AM EDT

DADAAB, Kenya (AP) - U.S. officials say Washington is set to announce an aid package of about $100 million for relief efforts for the famine that is devastating the Horn of Africa and killing thousands of people.

The announcement, which is expected to take place later Monday, comes the same day that Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, visited the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya. Tens of thousands of starving Somali refugees have flooded Dadaab in recent weeks.

Also on the trip was the top U.S. aid official, Raj Shah, who said hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in coming months unless more aid flows to the region.

The officials who confirmed the U.S. aid could not be quoted by name ahead of an announcement expected in Washington.