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25 Oct 2011 description
report Xinhua

China has delivered food donations worth 443.2 million yuan (69.58 million U.S. dollars) to the Horn of Africa which is suffering from severe drought and famine, a Chinese official said Sunday.

"This is the single largest grain donation to foreign countries ever delivered by Chinese government since the founding of the People's Republic of China (in 1949)," said Lu Shaye, head of the Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

16 Oct 2011 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's food aid for Africa including rice, wheat, flour, and edible oil will all be finished with shipment and reach the destinations by the end of this month, according to COFCO, the nation's largest food exporter and importer.

The food aid, worth 240 million yuan (about 38 million U.S. dollars), will help countries such as the Republic of Djibouti and Ethiopia in east Africa that suffers a worsening food crisis due to a heavy drought that began last year, according to the COFCO, undertaker of the Chinese government's food aid task.

26 Sep 2011 description
report Xinhua

China will offer further aid to drought-hit countries in the Horn of Africa, including medicine and medical equipment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

"China has kept a close eye on the latest developments in the disaster and will offer more aid within its capacity to do so," spokesman Hong Lei said during a regular news briefing.

According to Hong, China is "actively considering" providing medical equipment and medicine to the region.

02 Sep 2011 description
report Xinhua

TIANJIN, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- China sent its first shipment of urgently needed humanitarian aid to drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa on Friday, the Ministry of Commerce said.

A ship loaded with 1,440 metric tons of wheat departed from China's port city of Tianjin on Friday and is expected to arrive in Ethiopia via Djibouti at the end of this month, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The second shipment, 500 metric tons of rice, is scheduled to leave Shanghai on Saturday and reach Kenya by the month's end.

19 Aug 2011 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the two batches of foodstuff donated by China for drought-hit northeastern African nations will mostly arrive before the end of September.

The country's food aid to the regions increased significantly in the past month as the drought continued and spread, said Yu Yingfu, an official with the MOC Department of Aid to Foreign Countries.

15 Aug 2011 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday that China will provide an additional 353.2 million yuan (55.28 million U.S. dollars) in emergency food aid to Ethiopia and other drought-hit African countries.

Wen made the remarks while holding talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Beijing Monday afternoon.

"China will work with African states to tackle difficulties, strengthen cooperation and realize common development," Wen said at the Great Hall of the People.

08 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

by Daniel Ooko

NAIROBI, May 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The ongoing combination of chronic food insecurity, conflict and political instability is threatening the well being and lives of millions of children in the Horn of Africa, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

UNICEF warned in a statement issued in Nairobi that unless urgent action was taken, millions more families could be made vulnerable is now a reality.

"Over the last few months we have witnessed a steady increase in the numbers of children suffering from acute malnutrition, which means more …

18 Mar 2006 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Mar 18, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African foreign ministers ended a two-day meeting in Kenya Saturday by resolving to set up an a regional emergency fund to deal with drought and famine which is ravaging parts of the Horn of Africa region.

22 Feb 2006 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Feb 22, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Wednesday welcomed a contribution from Ireland of 2. 5 million Euros (3 million U.S. dollars) for its operations in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, where 6.25 million people are running out of food because of the failure of the last rains.

15 Sep 2005 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Sept 15, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 6,866 Somali refugees have been repatriated to homeland since the beginning of the year after over a decade in exile in neighboring countries, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Thursday.

24 Sep 2004 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 24, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Eastern Africa Locust Control Organization has made ready 3 planes to control possible desert locust infestation, Ethiopian media reported Friday.

The organization's director, Peter O. Odiyo, told the ministerial meeting that began here on Thursday that the planes will be employed to control the desert locust infestation feared to surface in the region as swarms are stretching eastward from countries in western Africa and the Red Sea areas.

21 Jul 2000 description
report Xinhua

HONG KONG (July 21) XINHUA - Hong Kong has granted a donation of 3 million HK dollars (385,000 U.S. dollars) to the United Nations Children's Fund for emergency relief to drought victims in eastern Africa.

The countries to receive the donation are Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti, said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Friday.