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WFP: Ethiopia’s Emergency Food Reserve Near Zero

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of World Food Program in Ethiopia says the country’s emergency food stocks are almost gone, the latest trouble caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa. Abdou Dieng told reporters Thursday that despite incoming aid, Ethiopia faces a critical shortfall in emergency food supplies. He says a reserve set up by the […]

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AU Postpones Drought Donor Conference

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has postponed a conference to raise money for the millions affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. An AU statement Thursday said the conference in Ethiopia’s capital has been moved from August 9 to August 25. The statement did not give a reason for the delay. The Associated Press […]

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Famine Declared in 3 New Parts of Somalia

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says famine has spread to three new parts of southern Somalia, including areas in the capital, Mogadishu. A statement Wednesday said famine conditions are present in two districts of the Middle Shabelle region, the Afgoye corridor displaced persons settlement, and in the Mogadishu displaced persons community. The statement says rates of acute […]

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Famine Declared in 3 New Parts of Somalia

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has declared a famine in three new areas of Somalia. A statement Wednesday said famine conditions are present in two districts of the Middle Shabelle region , the Afgoye corridor displaced person settlement, and the Mogadishu displaced persons community. The statement was issued through the U.N. and U.S-funded Famine Early Warning Systems […]

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UN: Somali Refugees Top 860,000

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the number of Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa has topped 860,000, many of them forced out by the ongoing drought and famine. The U.N. refugee agency says another 1.5 million Somalis are internally displaced, mostly in Somalia’s south-central region. A report issued Wednesday says many Somalis fled their homes […]

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Drought Leaves 2 Million Short of Drinking Water in China

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say more than 2 million people in drought-stricken areas are suffering from critical shortages of drinking water. The official Xinhua news agency says about 290,000 people are short of drinking water in the central province of Hunan. Fire engines have been delivering regular supplies of drinking water to residents in the city […]

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UN Predicts Famine Across Somalia

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says it expects famine to reach all regions of southern Somalia within the next four to eight weeks. A refugee agency spokeswoman told VOA Tuesday the U.N. analysis predicts conditions in the drought- and conflict-stricken nation will only worsen in the coming weeks as food prices rise and the dry season approaches. […]

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Oxfam: Horn of Africa Needs Faster Drought Aid

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says aid workers will not be prosecuted if they deliver food to parts of Somalia controlled by militant group al-Shabab. Senior Obama administration officials said Tuesday that they are issuing new guidelines in hopes of increasing aid to the drought- and famine-stricken country. U.S. sanctions make it a crime to provide any […]

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Oxfam: Horn of Africa Needs Faster Drought Aid

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A prominent relief agency says governments and donors are not acting fast enough to address the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa. London-based Oxfam said Tuesday that donors must immediately fulfill pledges of aid to help more than half a million people who are at risk of starvation in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Oxfam […]

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AU Calls Donor Summit for Famine Victims

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The African Union has announced it will hold a donor summit in an attempt to raise money for the millions of drought-affected people in Somalia. AU Deputy Chairman Erasmus Mwencha Monday said African heads of state, regional economic blocs and international organizations will gather in Addis Ababa on August 9. The World Food Program says […]

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