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1 August 2011

About two million pastoralists are in crisis after pastures dwindled following severe drought in Kenya. (..) In an update on Kenya Food security, World Food Programme, United States Agency for International Aid and Famine Early Warning Systems Network say thousands of animals have died because they cannot walk long distances in search of pasture and water.


1 August 2011

I will never forget holding my newborn baby in my arms watching a television report on the 1987 famine in Ethiopia – hearing the haunting cries of babies whose hunger could not be met by their anguished mothers. Tragically, today we are seeing the same images as the worst drought in 60 years again devastates the Horn of Africa, throwing as many as 12 million into desperate hunger.


1 August 2011

At a streetside kiosk in Isiolo, the price of camel bones for soup has jumped 250 per cent this year to 100 shillings ($1.10) a kilo, straining the pockets of many in the drought-hit eastern Kenyan town. (..) Agencies say an extra 800,000 Kenyans will need food aid this month, on top of the 2.4m that spurred the Kenyan government to declare a national disaster in May. UN food agency WFP is supplying food for 1.6m.


1 August 2011

Aid groups ramped up operations Monday to help millions of drought-stricken people in the Horn of Africa, with the UN World Food Programme expanding its airlifts of emergency food supplies. (..) "Another aircraft arrived today, the sixth flight since the airlift began last Wednesday -- the airlift is an ongoing operation and will continue," said WFP spokesman David Orr, speaking from the war-torn Somali capital.


1 August 2011

France’s government says it is tripling aid to nations in the Horn of Africa to €30 million ($43 million) as famine there affects millions of people. (..) The World Food Program said last week that it has a funding shortfall of $252 million for famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa


30 July 2011

The small harness hanging from the branch of an acacia tree looks much like the baby swings used to cradle infants around the world. But slumped against its straps is no bouncing, chubby toddler. Instead, there lies the listless frame of a child brought close to death by hunger. (..) Oxfam and the World Food Programme are increasing food distribution services here, but Theresa is worried they may come too late. "The last time relief food came here was in May. That ran out 20 days ago. Since then we've had nothing."


30 July 2011

We have all seen reports of tens of thousands of Somalis in desperate search of food and water. (..) They see the refugees inside benefiting from World Food Programme handouts, while they struggle to feed themselves and keep their goats and cattle alive.


30 July 2011

Today this paper renews its appeal to our readers to save lives in the Horn of Africa. (..)This consignment from the World Food Programme is exceptionally important because it goes to hungry people within Somalia, thereby relieving some of the pressure on neighbouring countries which are suffering drought themselves.


30 July 2011

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the world not to be "indifferent" to famine, as some 12 million people in the Horn of Africa face starvation amid the worst drought there in decades. (..) Aid agencies have stepped up efforts to aid the worst affected from the drought in Somalia, with the UN's World Food Programme starting an airlift of food aid into the Somali capital Mogadishu last week despite battles in the city.


29 July 2011

More than half the population was already dependent on food aid before the drought, and the number is now increasing with the crisis, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). "The droughts are now coming more frequently and they are coming for longer periods than they used to," said Elizabeth Nabutola, head of WFP in Lodwar. She said the agency was scaling up its activities by providing supplementary feeding for 15,000 mothers and children under five.