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14 July 2011

(..) Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is working with other UN agencies and donor countries to “explore every opportunity” to return to southern Somalia from which it withdrew in 2010 because of threats to the lives of its staff and the imposition of taxes by the rebel Al-Shabaab group which controls the area.


14 July 2011

What will it take to address the humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa? Our panelists, Bettina Leuscher and Brian Stewart discuss the tremendous need for aid to assist the displaced and the undernourished, and the challenge of getting the world to act.


14 July 2011

So far there is only one piece of relative good news to cling to in the giant humanitarian crisis now threatening 10 million people in dust-blown, rain-starved East Africa. (..) The World Food Program has a five-point scale that runs from "general food secure" up to the ultimate horror (stage five), "catastrophic famine." East Africa is now at stage four.


14 July 2011

In the last 60 years, East Africa has faced the worst food crises as more than 10 million people are facing terrible need of food, clean water and basic sanitation as a result of which, till date, numerous people have lost their lives. (..) The UN World Food Program (WFP), articulated that the changing weather conditions had made droughts more widespread in the region.


14 July 2011

Kenya has agreed to open a new refugee camp near its border with Somalia, as thousands of people flee the region's worst drought in 60 years. (..) The BBC's Will Ross in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, says the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is exploring every possibility to increasing its presence in Somalia.


13 July 2011

The World Food Programme is appealing for urgent funding to help feed refugees flocking to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa area. (..) One person who has seen with his own eyes the suffering caused by this drought crisis is David Orr, a spokesperson for the WFP.


13 July 2011

Over 11 million Africans face drought Updated: 19:04, Wednesday July 13, 2011 More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are confronting the worst drought in decades and need urgent assistance to stay alive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.(..) The World Food Program said on Tuesday it was urgently scaling up food deliveries. But Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the agency must come up with $US189 ($A179) million more in donations to cover the $US477 million ($A452 million) that it needs to meet needs in the region.


13 July 2011

Australia will give $11.2 million in food aid to countries in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. (..) Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said Australia would give $11.2 million to organisations such as the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to help meet urgent needs.


13 July 2011

But first, last week 10 million people in East Africa were in need of urgent help because of the drought there. Since then, the figure has gone up by another two million. At the same time, tens of thousands of people are still arriving in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. These people need food and shelter. David Orr is a spokesperson for the World Food Programme - they're in charge of getting food to those who need it.


13 July 2011

The long-suffering nations in the Horn of East Africa are enduring the worst drought conditions in more than half a century, and are at risk of "massive famine," Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), told The Huffington Post Wednesday. (..)On a recent visit to the refugee camps in the Ethiopian town of Dollo Ado, along the Somali border, World Food Program official Judith Schuler said she found the area flooded with refugees seeking food and water.