Sunday, March 05, 2006

'Large scale' deaths in drought predicted for Kenya - UN says Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are on brink of starvation

Excerpt from Sapa/IOL report March 05 2006:

World Food Programme chief James Morris has warned of large scale deaths in Kenya if donors delay delivering food to about 3,5 million people facing the threat of starvation.

"The world needs to know that ths issue in Kenya and Somalia are very serious... The people whose livelihood depend on mother nature are very vulnerable," he said. Kenya is home to 32 million people while Somalia has population of about 10 million.

In addition to Kenya, the UN estimates that up to 11 million people in three other east African countries - Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti - are on the brink of starvation. - Sapa-AFP


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