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FAO warns 11 million on brink of starvation in Horn of Africa
Cat : Poverty and Debts
Date : 2006-01-07 19:44:58                      Reader : 332
The new world order is realy strange. They talk about freedom , justice, and prosperity meanwhile nothing is achieved on the ground.
 
A worst evil thing carried by the North is manipulation of conflicts in Africa for more people to die!! Throwing surplus food in the sea or burning it is another crime against humanity.
 
The North must think twice about this!! We request the Pope to do his best to stop the North from burning or throwing food, surplus , and instead give it to the poor to save them from death.
 
The billions in WMD investment must also be directed to peaceful projects to develop life of humanity on the glob!!


Associated France Press (AFP) 6/1/2006
 
FAO warns 11 million on brink of starvation in Horn of Africa
 
 
ROME (AFP) - Millions of people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa due to severe droughts and conflicts, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said, adding to earlier warnings from the Kenyan government and aid agencies.
 
"In Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia more than 11 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance," the FAO said Friday in a "special alert" from Rome.
 
On Wednesday the WFP, a UN body responsible for distributing food aid, issued a similar alert, saying the situation in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia was critical.
 
The FAO said food shortages were "particularly grave" in anarchic Somalia, where about two million people needed humanitarian aid.
 
Severe drought had produced widespread crop failures across the south and the new crop about to be harvested "could be the lowest in a decade".
 
It urged international donors to respond immediately to the WFP's appeal for 64,000 tonnes of food aid to avert hunger-related deaths in southern Somalia.
 
"So far only 16,700 tonnes are available," it regretted.
 
The FAO said the situation was also "very serious" in pastoral areas of Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya, where people were already dying from famine.
 
In northern and eastern Kenya, prolonged drought was killing crops and the livestock essential to the survival of the largely pastoralist population.
 
The Kenyan government had requested about 150 million dollars to provide food for 2.5 million people -- almost 10 percent of the population -- over the next six months, it said. But more international aid was needed to provide people and animals with water, restock herds and supply seeds to farmers.
 
At least three foreign relief organizations -- the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Action Against Hunger (AAH) and World Vision -- said Thursday immediate emergency assistance was needed.
 
They predicted the death rate among livestock could soar from 30 to 70 percent.
 
"Communities may soon be wiped out since they depend entirely on livestock," the Red Cross said. "It is vital that the international community respond by supporting the government of Kenya appeal for food assistance."
 
On Wednesday the Red Cross reported deaths from malnutrition in northern Kenya had risen to 40 since early December, calling the situation "disastrous".
 
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has declared a "national disaster" and ordered the military to help distribute food and water.
 
The FAO said a fifth of the population of Djibouti, or 150,000 people, were facing food shortages as a result of severe drought.
 
And over 40 million dollars were "urgently required to stave off starvation" in the pastoral areas of eastern and southern Ethiopia.
 
More than one million people were at risk in Ethiopia's southeastern Somali region alone and the onset of the dry season -- from January to March -- was "expected to worsen the situation", it said.
 
The US-funded Famine Early Warning System Network said earlier this week that drought threatened about 6.5 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

 
 
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