Lack of development magnifies East African drought

Published on 19 July 2011

Orr said the World Food Program was not yet ready to trust Shabaab’s sudden reversal. The program supplies aid to some 6 million people in other parts of Somalia and East Africa. “We’re not operating in that part of the country because of death threats and extortionate demands,” he said. “We’re ready to go back, and exploring every channel. But we operate with huge volumes of food — there are up to 1 million in need of assistance in that area. Dumping it and driving away is not an option.”

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