East Africa crisis prompts soul-searching among aid experts

Published on 30 September 2011

Almost four months into the Horn of Africa crisis, aid agencies are involved in much soul-searching as to whether they could have responded more quickly to the drought and famine. (..) After all, relief agencies such as the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) had been sounding the alarm since November 2010. In fact, Caroline Hurford, head of the WFP's liaison office in London, pointed out that her boss, Josette Sheeran - no slouch as a communicator - had been in Mogadishu, Somalia, with media in tow, in April, to draw attention to the impending emergency.

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