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East Africa Summit: Drought Aid Failing, Security Risk Rising

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Desperate famine victims in Somalia are not getting the food and relief supplies they need, and some African leaders say that failure could soon risk the region’s security. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki told delegates at a United Nations’ summit in Nairobi Friday that famine victims continue to pour into relief camps in his country. And […]

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VOA Beams New Shows to Horn of Africa

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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VOA begins two new shows for the Horn of Africa Thursday evening, both focused on the drought and famine afflicting the region. A Somali-language show, “Lifeline Somali,” will run from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Somali time, five days a week, Monday through Friday. It will be followed on the same nights by an Amharic-language show, […]

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VOA Beams New Shows to Horn of Africa

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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VOA begins two new shows for the Horn of Africa Wednesday evening, both focused on the drought and famine afflicting the region. A Somali-language show, “Lifeline Somali,” will run from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Somali time, five days a week, Monday through Friday. It will be followed on the same nights by an Amharic-language show, […]

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Forecasters Predict Return of Rainfall to Southern Somalia

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. weather agency is forecasting a return to normal or above normal rainfall conditions in famine-hit southern Somalia. The World Meteorological Organization said its prediction, issued Wednesday, is for the September-to-December period, an important rainfall season for southern Somalia and other equatorial regions in the Horn of Africa. The Horn is struggling with a […]

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Forecasters Predict Return of Rainfall to Southern Somalia

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. weather agency is forecasting a return to normal or above-normal rainfall conditions in famine-hit southern Somalia. The World Meteorological Organization said its prediction, released Wednesday, is for the September to December period, an important rainfall season for southern Somalia and other equatorial regions in the Horn of Africa. The Horn is struggling with […]

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US Drought Aid for Horn of Africa Tops $600 Million

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it will provide an additional $23 million to combat the drought in the Horn of Africa, including $10 million specifically for Somalia. The U.S. Agency for International Development announced the aid Thursday. It said U.S. drought and famine assistance now totals more than $600 million, the largest total given by any […]

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French Ship to Deliver Food to Horn of Africa

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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A ship loaded with nearly 400 tons of food for drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa is set to depart from France on Thursday. The U.N. World Food Program says the French ship is carrying enough flour, sugar, rice and oil to feed more than 22,000 people for one month. The food […]

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Yemen Hosts Growing Number of Somali Refugees

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says some 3,700 Somali refugees have arrived in Yemen in August to seek refuge from the Horn of Africa drought, and more are expected in the coming months. U.N. Spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters Friday that the number of refugees crossing the Gulf of Aden in rickety boats is rising […]

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Warren Buffet Makes Major Investment in Largest US Bank

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Noted U.S. businessman Warren Buffett is investing $5 billion in the nation’s largest financial institution, Bank of America, which is facing potentially huge losses over its home mortgage business. Shares of Bank of America have plummeted over fears the bank is vulnerable over its 2008 purchase of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, the company whose reckless […]

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AU Fundraiser Nets $350 Million for Drought Relief

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union says a donors conference in Addis Ababa Thursday raised more than $350 million in cash for Horn of Africa drought relief. AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping told reporters the donations included $300 million from the African Development Bank and $51 million from other African sources and nations. The AU has been criticized […]

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