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Delays Hold Up UN Food Airlift to Horn of Africa

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. World Food Program says an airlift of food to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa has been postponed until at least Wednesday. The airlift was due to begin Tuesday, but a WFP communications officer tells VOA that the flights have been held up by logistical problems in Kenya. The WFP said Monday that planes […]

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UN Declares Famine in Two Somalia Regions

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia, amid the worst drought to hit the country in more than 50 years. Speaking in Nairobi, U.N. spokesman Mark Bowden said famine exists in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement expressing deep concern […]

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UN Declares Famine, US To Supply Additional Aid

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia, amid the worst drought to hit the country in more than 50 years. Speaking in Nairobi, U.N. spokesman Mark Bowden said famine exists in the Nakool and Lower Shabelle regions. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement expressing deep concern […]

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Somali President Declares Famine

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s president has declared a famine in his drought-stricken country and called for more international help to deal with the crisis. While touring a displaced-persons camp in the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said food has become so scarce that there is “in fact a famine” in his country. The president […]

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Somali President Declares Famine

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s president has declared a famine in his drought-stricken country and called for more international help to deal with the crisis. While touring a displaced-persons camp in the capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said food has become so scarce that there is “in fact a famine” in his country. The president […]

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Somali President Declares Famine

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s president has declared a famine in his drought-stricken country and called for more international help to deal with the crisis. While touring a displaced-persons camp in the capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said food has become so scarce that there is “in fact a famine” in his country. The president […]

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UN Seeks Security Assurances to Help Starving Somalis

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says it needs security guarantees from insurgents in Somalia before it can provide the level of aid needed in the drought-stricken country. Spokesman Adrian Edwards told VOA Tuesday that the agency must have a “reasonable degree of safety” before increasing its efforts in Somalia. Edwards said that currently, the agency […]

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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 […]

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UN: Millions in East Africa Need Food Aid

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says it expects 10 million people will be in need of food aid, as the worst drought in decades continues to devastate the Horn of Africa. The drought is centered in the triangle where the nations of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia meet. It has produced a mass migration of starving citizens […]

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Horn of Africa Drought Crisis Overwhelms Aid Agencies

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations and international relief agencies are appealing to the international community to help millions of people in the Horn of Africa who are suffering from the region’s worst drought in 60 years. The agencies say they are overstretched and underfunded in dealing with the drought crisis that is affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, central and southern […]

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