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Jill Biden visits Kenya to focus on drought

NAIROBI: US First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Kenya on Friday, launching a visit aimed at drawing attention to the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in decades.

Five consecutive rainy seasons in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have killed millions of livestock, destroyed crops and put some 22 million people at risk of starvation, with a sixth season also expected to fail.

Biden traveled to Kenya from Namibia, part of a two-nation tour aimed at deepening ties with the continent, which has become a renewed diplomatic battleground after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

As the first senior White House official to travel to the region since her husband, President Joe Biden, took power, the 71-year-old community college professor’s visit will also focus on the empowerment of women and youth.

The tour is set to build on the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington late last year, where President Biden said his country was “all in” on the hotly contested continent.

During her visit to Namibia, Biden said the United States is committed to helping African nations get a louder voice at the United Nations and other international bodies.

“We are committed to ensuring that African countries not only have a voice in organizations like the UN Security Council and the G20, but that those voices are valued as equal partners,” Biden said at a luncheon in Windhoek on Thursday.

This is Biden’s first trip to Africa as First Lady of the United States.

Source: Crypto News Deutsch

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