World Food Program Calls for Urgent Aid in East Africa

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the World Food Program has asked for urgent funding to help fight hunger in the Horn of Africa, as the worst drought in decades continues to devastate the region.

In a statement Tuesday, Josette Sheeran called on donors to help cover a nearly $190 million budget gap for operations that include providing food to a growing refugee population in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Sheeran also urged donors to help support longer term initiatives to help the region break out of the cycle of “drought and disaster” and lessen the impact of future crises.

The drought is centered in the triangle where the nations of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia meet.

The World Food Program says it expects 10 million people will be in need of food.