US Criticizes Africa for ‘Failure’ on Famine Threat 

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is sharply criticizing African nations for what she calls their “collective failure” to respond to the threat of famine facing over 14 million people.

Ambassador Nikki Haley is also critical of Congo’s nomination for a seat on the U.N.’s top human rights body despite major rights violations.

Haley said Wednesday that famines in northeast Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan are primarily caused by armed conflict.

In her words they represent “a tragic example” of failure by governments to address the causes, and by combatants to allow access to alleviate suffering.

She reiterated to a U.N. Security Council meeting on Africa that rights violations and conflict are related.

She said when Congo is nominated for the Human Rights Council, “it adds to the conflict.”