US to provide $260 million funds for African Sahel, South Sudan
The United States said on Thursday it would provide nearly $152 million for Africa’s Sahel region and almost $108 million for South Sudan, totaling $260 million.
USAID Administrator John Barsa made the announcement at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Barsa said Washington would provide nearly $108 million for the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
He also said nearly $152 million in new financial assistance would be provided to Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania to "help them cope" with population displacements and food insecurity because of conflict in the Sahel region.
Heavy rains, fighting between armed groups, food insecurity, a deteriorating economic situation and the COVID-19 pandemic have compounded an already dire humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
The US has long provided foreign economic assistance to gain geopolitical influence around the world.
The US has sought to fill the void in Africa as France has gradually reduced its presence in its former colonies in the continent in the political, military and economic spheres.
The African continent is also no longer dependent on French funding, once a main source of influence. It now receives significant sums from the European Union, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, while China has become Africa's biggest trading partner.
Currently, the US has 7,000 military personnel on a rotational deployment in Africa. In addition, 2,000 American soldiers are involved in training missions in 40 African countries.