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23 Oct 2009 description

Nairobi/Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Exactly 25 years ago, BBC correspondent Michael Buerk unveiled the full extent of Ethiopia's now infamous drought, calling it a "Biblical famine" in the 20th century.

A cavalcade of horrors paraded before the cameras in Korem, northern Ethiopia: skeletal children clinging to their equally wasted mothers; corpses of infants wrapped in sackcloth lined up in the dust; hundreds of desperate people tottering across the plain on stick-thin legs, prompted into a shaky sprint by the rumour of a food delivery.

The harrowing pictures prompted an …

28 Aug 2009 description

Michael Logan, dpa

Nairobi_(dpa) _ African leaders are due to meet in Libya early next week to consider a proposal demanding an annual 67 billion dollars from developed nations to mitigate the effects of climate change on the continent.

The draft proposal - which also calls for major polluters to cut emissions by 40 per cent from 1990 levels before 2020 - will raise a few eyebrows if it is tabled at December's United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen.

But Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, believes Africa is justified in demanding such …

05 Sep 2008 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Some 3 million children are at risk of death, disease and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa as aid fails to flow, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

More then 14 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti are critically affected, and the numbers are "on an alarming upward trajectory," UNICEF said.

"Strong national leadership is needed at this critical juncture, and more international funding must be quickly mobilized," UNICEF's Regional Director for East and Southern Africa Per Engebak …

06 Jun 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Six countries in the Horn of Africa are to benefit from 10 million dollars in drought relief Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide through the World Food Programme (WFP), the Royal Saudi Embassy in Addis Ababa disclosed Tuesday.

The cash donation would be forwarded to the WFP to buy and distribute food to the needy in drought-affected parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Tanzania.

The locally purchased grain is expected to be ready for joint distribution by mid-June by officials from the Saudi Ministry of Finance and WFP staff.

28 Jan 2003 description

Geneva (dpa) - Over 17.5 million people are in urgent need of food relief on the Horn of Africa, said a spokesperson for the U.N. World Food Programme on Tuesday in Geneva.

03 Dec 2002 description

New York (dpa) - At least 38 million people in Africa are threatened by hunger, caused mostly by a drought that is extending from the Horn of Africa to the southern part of the continent, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday.

WFP director James Morris told the U.N. Security Council in an open meeting that the lack of political will remains the only obstacle to help those in needs.

''This is an unprecedented crisis, which calls for an unprecedented response,'' Morris said.