U.S. tries to ease `state of calamity'

Published on 27 November 2009

Nine-year-old Lide Ramirez and her little brother sat on an 18-pound bag of rice on a recent sunny morning, thinking that for the first time in months they would eat dinner. (..) Neither the World Food Program nor the Guatemalan government was prepared for the extent of the crisis. They both ran out of food to distribute. Guatemala's president declared a ``state of calamity'' in September and asked for foreign aid.

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