by Lucie Peytermann
NAIROBI, July 26, 2008 (AFP) -
More than 14 million people across east Africa are facing a humanitarian
disaster because of a "lethal mix" of soaring food prices, drought
and conflict, aid agencies say.
"The situation in the region is
of extreme concern," Peter Smerdon, spokesman for the World Food Programme
in Nairobi, told AFP Friday.
"Rising food prices on top of drought
this year means that more and more people than in previous years are falling
over the edge into destitution," he said.
His comments echo warnings from the UN